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Medical malpractice: Negligence leaves child with brain damage

When an infant in Tennessee or elsewhere experiences serious medical concerns, swift and proper treatment could be vital to his or her well-being. Any delay in administering the necessary care could cause substantial harm to a child's health and may even lead to long-term or permanent damage. A family in another state was recently awarded just over $130 million in a medical malpractice claim after negligence caused their child to suffer permanent brain damage.

The incident reportedly occurred while the child was 2 months old. While in the hospital, the child reportedly suffered breathing complications in relation to multiple attempts to administer intravenous therapy. According to the lawsuit, staff members at the hospital were aware of the child's condition but failed to respond and administer the necessary treatment in a timely manner.

The lawsuit states that the incident caused the child to suffer severe and permanent brain damage. Children who suffer from conditions such as cerebral palsy due to the negligence of another party often require life-long medical treatment. Families who encounter such negligence may be entitled to pursue financial restitution accordingly, but they might need guidance on how best to achieve this goal.

Any form of negligence present in the treatment of a newborn child could cause him or her to suffer permanent harm. Families with children who suffer under similar circumstances could choose to retain the services of an attorney for advice on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the situation thoroughly and assist a client in Tennessee in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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