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Jury Awards Family of Girl $14.5M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

three doctors in scrubs treating a patient in surgery room

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a Clark County jury awarded $14.5 million to the family of an eight-year-old girl in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Girl Requires Bone Marrow Transplant, Blood Transfusions

The malpractice suit alleged that MayRose Hurst, 8, sustained a debilitating brain injury because doctors did not diagnose and treat a genetic blood disorder following her birth. The girl was delivered prematurely and treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that doctors failed to tell MayRose’s parents that she had severe anemia and that her body wasn’t producing adequate amounts of red blood cells. MayRose suffered from severe brain damage, leaving her mostly blind and unable to walk or talk.

MayRose’s mother says the verdict will help the family pay for the treatment, caregivers, and equipment that her daughter needs to live life as normally as possible. The girl will require a bone marrow transplant and monthly blood transfusions, reports The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The jury found that Ali Piroozi, a doctor, was 40 percent at fault, and a pediatrician, Ralph Conti, was 60 percent at fault. Because Conti had previously settled with the family for $2 million, the family can only collect about $5.8 million from Piroozi or his insurance company.

Medical Malpractice Claims

According to the American Medical Association, medical malpractice leads to 225,000 deaths every year. It also leads to countless injuries, which can leave survivors with debilitating, life-altering conditions. Medical malpractice claims can help injured victims and their families recover damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, and even pain and suffering.

Childbirth Injuries
  • Negligent prenatal care most often includes failure to diagnose medical conditions of the mother, birth defects, or diseases that transfer from mother to fetus.
  • Negligence during childbirth can also cause childbirth injuries. Negligence can include failure to respond to fetal distress, incompetent use of forceps or vacuum extractors, and failure to anticipate or act on birthing complications.

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