A mother of a 5-year-old who cannot walk, sit up, or speak on his own won $50 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Details of the Malpractice Lawsuit
According to NBC Chicago, a severely brain-damaged boy’s mother sued a hospital based in Chicago on the grounds of medical malpractice.
The suit was held before a Cook County jury. Standing before the jury, the attorneys told them that the medical staff who were at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park ignored the ultrasound, which served as an indicator that the unborn baby did not move for about six hours during labor back. This occurred back in 2014.
Also, experts testified that a cesarean section could have prevented Gerald Sallis’ brain damage. Allegedly, the hospital had ignored Tequila Sallis’ concerns that she could not feel her son move.
According to Sarah King, the attorney for the aggrieved family, watching the child always suffer every day while he should be playing in kindergarten is a bad thing.
The Outcome of the Malpractice Suit
Before the verdict, the two parties had agreed to peg an award at the sum of $50 million. Reciprocally, Tenet Healthcare, owner of the hospital where Sallis delivered won’t appeal the case anymore. According to Keith Hebeisen, another family lawyer, “the case will end.”
The county jury awarded $101 million to Sallis, but the previous agreement between the parties cut it down to $50 million.
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