Diagnostic Error: $14.5M Jury Verdict for Failure to Diagnose Infant’s Severe Anemia
March 29, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System
A Las Vegas jury has awarded $14.5 million to the family of an eight-year-old girl whose physicians allegedly failed to diagnose and treat a genetic blood disorder during her infancy.
According to published reports, the child was born prematurely and was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit for nearly three months, during which time her parents were never informed that her body was not producing adequate red blood cells. Allegedly, the untreated anemia caused brain damage that left the child nearly blind, unable to walk or speak, and reliant on a feeding tube. The child also requires blood transfusions every three weeks and is on a waiting list for a bone marrow transplant. Her family sued two pediatricians who had...