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Family Molestation Exam Leads to $48 Million Verdict Against Negligent Pediatrician

A jury recently awarded $48 million to Gizzell Ford’s family, finding that Chicago pediatrician Dr. Norell Rosado was medically negligent in treating 8-year-old Gizzell during a molestation exam a few weeks prior to her tragic murder.

The lawsuit alleged Rosado failed to immediately alert authorities to possible signs of abuse, failed to ask basic questions about the injuries he uncovered in the exam, and failed to properly document his findings.

Rosado was given the responsibility of examining Gizzell as part of a molestation investigation by the Fords against her mother’s boyfriend. Rosado testified that he only found “non-specific” and “non-suspicious” abrasions on Gizzell’s legs and buttocks that were not indicative of child abuse. However, Rosado also wrote in a report that he found a possible healing loop on Gizzel’s buttocks, which the girl’s attorney argued is a common sign of child abuse. Rosado never asked Gizzell how she received her injuries, nor did he alert the family of her injuries.

Rosado’s inaction served as a green light for the abuse to continue, which eventually led to her heartbreaking death.

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-and even more important when it involves our children.

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. Contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884.


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