Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Legal Briefs
The infant’s mother sued the family physician and the neonatologist who treated her after birth. She claimed that the doctors were negligent in failing to timely diagnose the defect, causing the baby to endure pain and suffering during the surgery. The defendant physicians contended that the baby had no symptoms until the time she was taken to the ED. They argued that the condition was so subtle that it could not have been diagnosed or repaired until symptoms presented. They noted the surgery performed would have been no different if it had been diagnosed earlier.
A jury found in favor of the physicians.
Cook County, IL, Circuit Court, Case no. 16L-733.