Hospital blamed for child’s brain damage, ordered to pay $130 million
A jury ordered Beaumont Hospital of Michigan to pay a $130 million dollar medical malpractice verdict in the case of a 2-month-old who suffered brain damage and subsequently cerebral palsy.
“In 2006, when Vihn Tran was 2 months old, he suffered a breathing-hold spell in connection with multiple attempts to start an IV,” the plaintiffs’ law firm, McKeen and Associates, said through a public relations firm in a statement issued Tuesday, Sept. 25. “The technicians delayed calling a code blue and failed to give chest compressions as required by the standard of care.
“Consequently Tran suffered a severe and prolonged hypoxic ischemic insult resulting in massive brain damage.”
The hospital maintains it treated the child appropriately, says the jury verdict is expected to be “substantially reduced” and is planning to appeal the verdict, according to spokesman Mark Geary.
The trial, which was conducted in Oakland County Circuit Court, took three weeks to complete.
“Nothing will ease the suffering of this child, but at least this settlement will alleviate some of the financial burden from his caretakers,” said Brian McKeen, a managing partner of McKeen & Associates. “I’m grateful for the jurors service and gratified they agreed that this was a preventable tragedy.”