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Medical Malpractice blamed for death of 22-month-old boy

Georgia residents may be interested to read about an ongoing case about doctor negligence. A jury in Texas is currently hearing evidence in a trial resulting from the death of a healthy 22-month-old-boy who died after a routine dental procedure. The infant was crying and thrashing following the procedure. The anesthesiologist ordered a narcotic instead of a mild analgesic such as Advil.

The child was discharged following administration of the morphine. Within hours, he stopped breathing and was brain dead. The Defendant- anesthesiologist insists that both the choice of medication and dosage were appropriate and that there was no medical malpractice. Alternatively, the doctor suggests that if the narcotic did cause death, it was improperly administered by the hospital's employee, a nurse.

However, according to the plaintiff's attorney, after administration of the drug, the doctor should have kept the child under close observation. Further, the doctor apparently should have noticed the warning signs exhibited by the child, before sending him home.

Most medical malpractice law requires the injured party to prove the medical professional failed to meet a certain standard of care. For example, in the state of Georgia, a person administering medicine must act with a reasonable degree of care and skill. Further, any injury which occurs by a failure to meet that standard of care means the injured party can acquire just compensation.

The jurors have yet to find out how much in damages the injured party requests from the doctor. However, according to the plaintiff's attorney, they intend to seek compensation for funeral costs, medical bills, pain and suffering and loss experienced by the parents.

Source: San Antonio Express-News, "Civil trial begins for doc accused in child death," Craig Kapitan, Sept. 20, 2012

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