Whiteside County Judge Orders $2.2 Million in Favor of 2-Year-Old Boy Injured by Medical Negligence
Dr. Zewdu Haile, Dr. Duncan Dinkha, Acute Care, Inc. and the Morrison Community Hospital District have been ordered to pay $2,022,195 as the result of a civil lawsuit verdict issued against them in May. Whiteside County Judge Patricia Senneff named all defendants guilty from the medical negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of a 2-year-old boy who sustained additional injuries and medical malpractice after his wrist injury was wrongly cared for.
According to the boy’s family attorney, the lawsuit stemmed from a November 2011 incident in which the toddler sustained further injuries after a physician applied a wrap to his wrist following a fall down the stairs. The lawsuit alleged that “Haile applied a wrap that was too tight on the child’s arm, cutting off circulation to the arm, hand, and wrist and causing permanent injuries to the child. Dinkha then failed to remove that wrap when the child was later returned to the emergency room.”
This is a record high medical negligence verdict in Whiteside County.
Two Common Causes of Pediatric Malpractice Cases
The unnecessary suffering of children is beyond heartbreaking, and it’s even more infuriating when it’s the result of a trusted professional such as a doctor or nurse who is charged with the duty to care for them. But emergency room doctors, family pediatricians, and other medical staff make costly mistakes to infants, toddlers, and young children more often than anyone would like. In some cases, their negligence harms the child further with unwarranted pain and life-long suffering.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP), these are two of the most common causes of child injuries caused by medical malpractice.
- Misdiagnosis and Delayed Treatment: The misdiagnosis of common illnesses such as meningitis and appendicitis, mental diseases, and even broken bones can represent pediatric malpractice. Misdiagnosis and delayed treatments account for the most significant percentage of medical malpractice complaints.
- Medication and Prescription Errors: Errors related to wrong medication, dosage, allergic reactions, and other drug interactions are common and can have severe and even life-threatening effects on a young child. Doctors and pharmacists are at fault in a majority of these cases (69 percent), according to the AAP.
If you believe that your son or daughter has suffered or became further injured from malpractice and failures conducted by an entrusted medical staff, you can and should protect their rights.
Medical Professionals Need to Be Held Accountable
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