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Mother wins medical malpractice suit over infant's death

There are few tragedies in life that can compare to the unexpected loss of a loved one. When a death is believed to have been caused due to medical malpractice, that may only compound the pain. Anyone in South Carolina facing these tragic circumstances has options for legal recourse.

Recently, a bereaved mother won her civil suit that she filed against a pediatric group that she believed was responsible for the death of her month-old child. According to the lawsuit, the woman was concerned about her infant's health and suspected the baby had contracted a bacterial infection. She requested on several occasions  that the baby be tested for pertussis.

It was alleged that the pediatricians failed to take measures that could have prevented the child's death. A jury agreed with the mother's claims and awarded the woman $4 million in compensatory damages for failing to properly diagnosis and treat the complications that the infant developed from whooping cough. The jury verdict was one of the largest ever awarded in the history of that Pennsylvania county.

Lawyers for the medical group have announced their intention to appeal the decision. The lawsuit was based on the belief that the medical providers involved failed to uphold the accepted standard of care and the woman expressed her hope that other patients may feel empowered by the verdict. South Carolina residents who believe that they or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice are likewise entitled to seek restitution for their damages through the civil court system.

Source: ydr.com, "Central Pa. mom gets $4M in medical malpractice suit for baby's death", Candy Woodall, May 17, 2018

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