A medical malpractice complaint against Alton Memorial Hospital in Madison County, WI alleges that doctors did not perform lab tests on a child who was improperly diagnosed with mononucleosis and lymphadenopathy.
The child, who passed away, was taken to the hospital last September, and was suffering from nausea, cramping and vomiting. He was sent home without any lab tests being performed, according to lawsuit documents.
The next day, he was rushed to the hospital and was in full cardiac arrest. He then was sent to another hospital, where he was diagnosed with leukemia.
After that, the child was taken off of mechanical ventilation and died a few hours later.
The suit alleges that the hospital did not consider other possible diagnoses that could be related to the patient’s medical history and clinical signs in the ER.
The family is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
Our personal injury law firm recently worked on a medical malpractice case that resulted in a $750,000 settlement. In this case, our client had chronic pelvic pain and it was determined that she needed a hysterectomy. However, during the operation, her bowel was perforated. This caused severe infections to take hold, and she had to have several more abdominal surgeries to correct the damage.
Fortunately, the damage was eventually repaired in our client’s case. Sadly, as the above case shows, some medical errors do not have a happy ending. We send our condolences to the family of the child, and hope that if the hospital is found negligent, that the family receives the justice they deserve.