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Death of 7-month-old prompts medical malpractice claim

Parents in Oklahoma and other states would likely agree that losing a child is one of the worst experiences any parents can go through, made more traumatic if the child is only months old. The parents of a 7-month-old baby in another state recently filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against a medical facility and some of its staff members. According to the complaint, the parents accuse the defendants of negligence.

The circumstances that gave rise to this lawsuit occurred on May 11, 2018. The parents took the baby to the emergency room, where medical staff allegedly gave him Tylenol and sent him home. However, within a few hours, the child's condition deteriorated, and the parents rushed him back to the same hospital, from where he was airlifted to another medical facility. Sadly, the child did not survive.

The lawsuit alleges that although the nurses noted the child's abnormal respiratory pattern and the presence of a rash, they failed to assess these symptoms accurately. The plaintiffs maintain that despite clear signs of systemic Meningococcemia, the ER physician neglected to perform the tests for meningococcal infection. The plaintiffs allege the conduct of the hospital staff was unreasonable and negligent.

The parents of the deceased baby boy seek $6.3 million for wrongful death and negligence in the medical treatment provided by the ER physician and hospital staff. They also accuse the defendants of negligent infliction of emotional distress. Parents in Oklahoma who find themselves in similar situations may have questions about recovering monetary damages. Having the support and guidance of an experienced medical malpractice along every step of the way could simplify the complicated ensuing legal proceedings.

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