Joshua Jackson was born at home nearly 12 weeks prematurely. He was taken to The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. There, according to the lawsuit, nurses improperly inserted a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), which is a type of intravenous line. The misplaced line remained in place for nearly a week. While the line was in place, Joshua’s arm showed signs and symptoms of impeded blood flow. Eventually, “Baby Jackson’s left hand was…found by nurses to be shriveled and with black fingertips,” according to the lawsuit.
Joshua was transferred to Miami Children’s Hospital. His arm was amputated and an imaging study showed signs of decreased blood flow to his brain. The suit claims the injury to the brain had not been present prior to insertion of the PICC. The Golisano Children’s Hospital paid $2.3 million to settle the claim.
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.