Wisconsin pays out settlement after infant’s injury

On Behalf of | May 16, 2019 | Personal Injury

Injuries happen all the time in Wisconsin, and most are not the sort that change the direction of a life. When it comes to trauma and pain that leaves a mark, victims often feel the need to exact financial damages to help with recovery. One of the most tragic types of injuries is those that happen to people who don’t even realize it.

A recent lawsuit claimed that an infant suffered permanent brain damage after a surgical error in Madison caused a loss of oxygen in his bloodstream. The surgery was meant to correct a birth defect in which tissue adheres to the spinal cord of the baby, who was 6 weeks old at the time of the procedure.

The surgery itself was successful, but the anesthesia caused blindness and a later inability to speak or walk at the age of 3. The attorney representing the boy’s family said he will most likely always function at the level of a boy at the age of 2.

The network employing the doctor in question asserted the problem was the surgeon’s fault, which lifted the cap on medical malpractice imposed by Wisconsin on the state university’s health system. The state settled for $22.5 million, most of which is earmarked for the child’s long-term care.

Victims of personal injuries and their families have the right to seek reimbursement for expenses related to their consequences and compensation for the pain and emotional distress resulting from it. An attorney can help elucidate these options for resolution in a settlement, jury verdict in civil court or mediation between the parties involved.