A couple from Lowell was awarded 24.4 million dollars by a jury in a case against Tufts Medical Center. On Thursday, November 21, 2013 the Suffolk County jurors agreed that the doctors in the case had been negligent in caring for the newborn Edward Xu, and the baby was left with a condition that is considered to be debilitating. Even though the verdict is for $24.4 million, Li Chen and Peter Xu will receive only 5.3 million dollars due to a prior agreement. Unfortunately, such cases happen often, mostly as a result of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis. If you or someone you love has suffered injury, illness, or death due to negligence on the part of medical personnel, give Medical Malpractice Lawyer Doug Lovenberg a call today.
Son’s Condition Found to be Result of Medical Malpractice
Edward Xu is now nine years old and will likely suffer from his condition for the rest of his life. He was born prematurely, and as the jury ruled, the hospital and medical personnel failed to diagnose a condition which caused him to lose part of his intestines. This delayed diagnosis has left Edward with medical issues which cost him $2000 a week in medical expenses alone. Although the hospital claimed that they did everything possible to care for the newborn, a jury disagreed and found the hospital to be negligent.
Delayed Diagnosis Caused Permanent Injury
According to the Boston Globe two doctors and a neonatal nurse practitioner were said to have failed to respond properly and promptly to Edward’s symptoms. Those symptoms would have pointed to a condition which is known to appear in premature babies. He condition can be fatal. Edward is now unable to digest food, requiring him to have a feeding tube at night and other feeding treatments during the day. His parents say that they live in constant fear that something could go wrong that would cost Edward his life. The Boston Globe reports that the hospital feels “deeply for the Xu family,” but maintains that as many as 50% of children born under the same conditions as Edwards in the same year (2004) developed medical complications, and added that as much as 15% of those babies died.
Delayed Diagnosis, Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries
Birth injuries such as the one that Edward Xu suffered are unfortunately too common. Out of every one thousand births, there are around seven babies who suffer from birth injury. Delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and other forms of negligence contribute to many of these injuries, causing medical malpractice to be among the leading causes of birth injuries. Boston Lawyer Doug Lovenberg has the experience and knowledge to help those who have been a victim of medical malpractice. If you or someone you love has suffered injury because of hospital or medical personnel negligence, give Attorney Doug Lovenberg a call today.