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Walker County Hospital Forced to Pay in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Missed Bacterial Meningitis

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The family of an infant son has just been awarded $10 million from a Walker County hospital, due to the hospital’s negligence in failing to diagnose bacterial meningitis. As a result, the infant suffered from hearing loss, seizures, and various brain injuries following his time at Walker Baptist Medical Center. It is the now the longest trial and largest medical malpractice award in the history of Walker County.

Filed in 2011, the lawsuit began after 3-month-old Daniel Cantu was admitted to the hospital due to a number of serious symptoms. However, he received no tests to rule out a bacterial infection, nor was he given antibiotics. Despite the fact that he continued to demonstrate dangerous warning signs, symptomatic of a serious bacterial infection, the hospital released him.

However, Daniel’s parents refused to take no for an answer, and took him to their family doctor who verified it was bacterial meningitis. As a result of the failure to diagnose and treat Daniel’s condition, he underwent a number of surgeries which will affect his quality of life for as long as he lives. Thanks to the jury ruling in Daniel’s favor, he will have the resources to obtain medical care for the rest of his life.

The hospital’s lawyers are considering their appellate options.

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This case was handled by a law firm not affiliated with The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates but is presented to illustrate the complexity and difficulty of medical malpractice cases today. Although medical malpractice cases frequently become disputed battles over complex medical information and standards, they can be effectively handled by experienced lawyers like those as The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates. A medical doctor and lawyer, Attorney Wilson has the ability to present complex medical information in terms that can be easily understood by judges and juries. This insight and ability often proves invaluable in the birth injury and malpractice cases handled by our firm. If you have questions regarding a similar matter, or any injury or loss resulting from medical errors and negligence, contact us for a FREE consultation.

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