The loss of a child is a tragedy that no parent should have to experience in his or her lifetime. Unfortunately, these losses still occur all too frequently. When a parent loses a child and can find another party at fault, however, there may be some remedial measure available that can help to ease his or her pain.
A Dallas couple recently experienced the loss of their six-year-old son. The parents say that their son ran into a pole and fell on concrete while at a playground. The parents then took their son to the hospital, where the boy complained of extreme pain. After a few tests, the hospital discharged the boy with a diagnosis of constipation. Four hours later, the boy died.
The boy's family is bringing forth a medical malpractice suit alleging that the tests demonstrated concerning evidence that there was more wrong with the boy. The parents believe it was the medical errors on behalf of the hospital, the boy's doctor and others that negligently caused the death of their son.
Medical malpractice suits can occur when an individual or loved one suffers from pain, further injury or death as a result of negligent care. Negligent care is treatment that would not normally be considered reasonable by a doctor or other medical professional under the same circumstances. Doctors and hospitals that forgo this reasonable care can be found negligent and may be held liable for their actions.
Liability is important because it may allow the individual or family to collect damages from the responsible party. These damages can be for missed time at work, past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Families and individuals in Texas who believe they have suffered because of a medical malpractice issue should discuss the situation with an experienced legal professional. Legal professionals are then able to assess the viability of their claim and provide them with the legal advice that will best protect their rights.
Source: Dallas Business Journal, "Children's Medical, UT Southwestern named in malpractice suit after 6-year-old boy dies," Bill Hethcock, Feb. 24, 2014