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Children’s Hospital Newborn Case is Colorado’s Largest Malpractice Verdict

By Burg Simpson
June 4, 2015
2 min read

Based on its staff’s administration of the wrong dose of medication prior to surgery, Children’s Hospital Colorado has been hit with a $17.8 million medical malpractice verdict. A four-day-old child was born with a common congenital heart defect that required immediate surgery. The dose of prostaglandin caused her to go into cardiac arrest.

Survival with strings attached

After 33 minutes, doctors were able to resuscitate the baby. By this time, she had already sustained brain damage, which ultimately resulted in cerebral palsy and other conditions. Now 7 years old, the victim suffers from cognitive impairment, severe gross and fine motor skill impairment, and intellectual disabilities. As a result of the injuries she suffered, the child will require 24-hour supervision for the rest of her life.

Billions of dollars of mistakes

Unfortunately, similar cases happen throughout the nation with more frequency than most Coloradoans would like to believe. Indeed, medical negligence remains the third leading cause of death in the country, following cancer and heart disease, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that literally billions of dollars are spent in medical malpractice payouts.

Don’t sell yourself short

Those who have been injured due to the negligence of their care providers must keep in mind that insurance companies generally seek to settle malpractice cases well before the full extent of injuries become known. Insurers also pursue quick settlements to cut losses before a victim has time to retain a lawyer that will apprise them of their rights and inform them of the damages to which they are entitled.

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