Injuries to Children Cases

$2.75 million dollar recovery for pediatric surgical mistake

Our client was only four months old when he underwent a complicated operation to correct for a congenital condition called Hirschsprung’s disease. Patients who suffer from this condition lack nerve endings called ganglion cells in portions of the intestine, which tell the body to push material through the bowel. As a result, they face severe intestinal blockage.

The corrective surgery, transanal one-stage endorectal pull-through, is truly a feat of modern medicine and technology. It allows a physician to treat Hirschsprung’s disease by quite literally pulling the intestinal tract to find ganglion cells and connecting the functioning portion of the intestine to the anus.

Unfortunately, demonstrably negligent conduct on behalf of the young child’s physician effectively defeated the purpose of the operation. During surgery, the doctor pulled so much of the intestine from the child’s body that he was unable to replace it. As a result, this four-month-old boy, who also suffers from Down Syndrome, had to have his colon removed, and now has uncontrollable bowel movements which will likely last for the rest of his life.

Kolsby Gordon was able to work with the child’s distraught parents to craft a settlement that will be able to take care of his future medical needs for the rest of his life.

Physician fails to diagnose child’s dislocated hip, resulting in repeated surgical repairs.

For more than a year, a pediatrician failed to diagnose a young child’s dislocated hip. Had it been caught earlier, it almost certainly could have been treated with lasting results. Instead, the toddler endured repeated surgeries, splints, and procedures, with no guarantee of long-term success.

$3.5 million recovery for the family of child injured during birth

A baby was born with a twist in his intestines known as a malrotation, apparent through his persistent bile vomit, a clear sign of the medical emergency. Malrotation requires surgery to untwist before a perforation in the bowel occurs. Despite the fact that the infant vomited bile over the next 24 hours and an X-ray showed clear signs of the malrotation, nothing was done. Ultimately, the bowel perforated and had to be removed. Two years later, the child had to undergo a bowel transplant as a result of the delays.

Birth injury results in brain damage and death of child.

During the end of the plaintiff’s pregnancy, she suffered a complication that required immediate medical attention to prevent injury to the baby. Despite the fact that the plaintiff rushed to the emergency room, she was ignored for a hours while in the waiting room. As a result, the baby was deprived of oxygen, suffered brain damage and died four days after birth. Our plaintiff received $3.5 million as a result of this horrific medical oversight.

Family of brain damaged child receives $6 million recovery.

A six-year-old girl was hospitalized with pneumonia and was ventilated. A physician removed her endotracheal tube even though there were indications that the child had not recovered to the point where she could breath on her own. After the endotracheal tube was removed, the child could not sufficiently oxygenate herself and suffered permanent brain damage.

Kolsby Gordon was able to achieve a settlement that was sufficient to purchase an annuity to pay for the care this child would need for the remainder of her life.