In February 2008, Naomi Pressey was scheduled for surgery. On the operating table, Naomi went into cardiac arrest. Doctors were unable to resuscitate her for 33 minutes. She suffered a brain injury, which caused cerebral palsy and other medical problems. Now seven, Naomi suffers from intellectual disability, cognitive impairment, and motor skill impairment. She requires around-the-clock medical care.
A jury awarded a $17.8 million malpractice verdict against Children’s Hospital Colorado after it found the hospital’s staff gave the wrong dose of medication to Naomi. Children’s Hospital would not comment on the specifics of the case. Naomi, born February 6, 2008, was transferred to Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with a heart defect. She was required to be on the medication until her scheduled surgery to repair the defect. According to the Leventhal Puga firm, who represented the family, this is the largest medical malpractice award ever found by a Colorado jury.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.