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Jury Awards Couple $1.25 Million in MedMal Suit

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A Grand Rapids couple was recently awarded $1.25 million in a medical malpractice suit against Kent Radiology and the estate of a former radiologist. The couple brought suit after their three-day-old daughter died on June 7, 2009 at Saint Mary's Health Care. Although the child was born premature at 34 weeks and weighed only 5 pounds, she was otherwise healthy. After birth, the newborn received feeding through an umbilical venous catheter, which is inserted into one or two arteries or the vein of an infant's umbilical cord. According to court documents, a medical examiner's report stated that in the hours after her birth, the child was "actually doing fine" in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. On June 4 at about 2:39 a.m., about nine minutes after a nurse inserted the catheter for feeding, X-rays were taken—a typical practice to record the final position and ensure proper placement of the device. According to court documents, the written report based off of this X-ray, reported that there were no abnormalities. However, despite the report failing to mention anything about the catheter or its improper placement, the X-ray revealed the catheter tip was in the newborn's heart. As a result, the lawsuit alleged that the improper placement caused fluid build-up around the newborn's heart. Ultimately, the newborn went into cardiac arrest on June 7, which resulted in her untimely death. The lawsuit alleged that if the improper placement of the device was properly noticed, the device would have been adjusted and the child would still be alive.

Contact with health care professionals is a necessary part of our society and almost always beneficiary. However, providers are human and mistakes can be made. Even the most careful health care professionals can make a mistake that injures a patient. However, not all medical mistakes rise to the level of malpractice. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will help you if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys continue to set the standard for representation of difficult cases. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.

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