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$1.8 million settlement in failure to diagnose hydrocephalus case

In late 2015, Attorney Chris S. Dodig settled a medical malpractice claim for $1.8 million on behalf of a single mother and her young child from Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The case centered around allegations that a pediatric office failed to diagnose hydrocephalus, a dangerous medical condition that can cause brain injury. The claim alleged that the pediatrician and his staff took regular head circumference measurements, which over a period of months were increasingly above the 95th percentile for children of the same age, but failed to appreciate the significance of the increasing head size, a strong indicator of fluid buildup around the brain and hydrocephalus. The child was finally taken to a local emergency room where the correct diagnosis was made. The child required emergency surgery to place a shunt to drain fluid from around the brain. Attorney Dodig and the Donovan & O'Connor team argued the child suffered permanent brain injury because the hydrocephalus was allowed to progress without being properly diagnosed, delaying treatment.

Attorney Dodig is a trial attorney who focuses on handling serious injury cases, including medical malpractice cases, throughout Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and upstate New York. Donovan & O'Connor, LLP offers free consultations on all personal injury cases, you can reach us in Massachusetts at (413) 358-4652 or Vermont at (802) 681-4687 or via email at [email protected]

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