The worst kinds of medical mistakes are those that cause permanent damage to those who have their whole lives ahead of them.
Tragically, this was the case at Pitt County Hospital in North Carolina which recently agreed to settle a lawsuit for $13 million claiming its emergency transport service crew and a doctor were negligent in their duties, leaving a three-month-old child with permanent brain damage.
North Carolina Lawyers Weekly reported on how the hospital agreed to pay a $13 million settlement. The child was diagnosed with a severe Respiratory Syncytial Virus infection at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville where doctors ordered him intubated with an endotracheal breathing tube that was intended to protect his airway. It was determined he should be monitored further.
With the closest Pediatric Intensive Care Unit about two hours away at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) in Greenville, the infant was transported in an EastCare ambulance.
About 10 minutes before he arrived at the hospital he went into cardiac arrest. The plaintiff’s attorney Robert Zaytoun from Raleigh said the child’s symptoms, which included decreased oxygen saturation levels, a slowing heart rate and a flat line on a monitor, indicated a tube was no longer providing oxygen. He said the ambulance crew failed to pull out or adjust the tube.
At Pitt’s emergency room the child was resuscitated. An ER physician attempted reintubation again, causing the child to go back into cardiac arrest. Tragically, after being stabilized and transferred to the PICU, he was diagnosed with permanent hypoxic ischemic brain injury caused by cardiac arrests and low oxygen.
His attorneys said he cannot walk, talk or hear very well and is fed via a feeding tube. His vision is impaired as are his mental abilities. Our Virginia and North Carolina brain injury lawyers are well aware of the seriousness of these kinds of injuries. Each case’s merit is based on its own facts and we cannot guarantee a result, but our lawyers have proven results. Personal injury attorney John Cooper was a member of the legal team that successfully obtained a $46 million verdict for a client who suffered a brain injury. Call Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077.