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Brain injuries: Family awarded $11.5 million in lawsuit

The human brain is amazing and incredibly complex. However, it is also one of the most fragile organs in the human body. There are many things that can cause injuries to the brain but, in Delaware and across the United States, a common cause for brain injuries is negligent medical care. In another state, a young girl suffered permanent brain injuries as the result of alleged negligent medical treatment and her family filed a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the girl was taken to the hospital by her father with vomiting and dehydration. The lawsuit said a chest X-ray was performed on the girl, who was only 18 months old at the time, and her doctor allegedly diagnosed her with pneumonia. However, the girl later went into cardiac arrest, and a lack of oxygen resulted in her suffering permanent brain damage, according to claims.

Allegedly, the cause of the girl's cardiac issues was determined to be myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart and something the plaintiffs claimed should have been caught by the girl's doctor when he read her initial chest X-ray. The plaintiffs alleged that the girl's heart condition would have been treated and she would not have gone into cardiac arrest had the doctor read the X-ray properly. A jury sided with the plaintiffs and awarded them over $11 million in the lawsuit.

The brain is so delicate that any injury to this organ, no matter how minor, could disable a person for the rest of his or her life. Those in Delaware who have suffered brain injuries due to the negligence of another party could benefit by discussing the matter with a knowledgeable attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in substantial compensation and much-needed financial relief to victims and families.

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