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Failure to diagnose infant may have led to death

Vaccinations have been a debated topic in the medical and parent community. Infants begin receiving vaccinations as early as two months old and cannot receive vaccinations any younger due to their developing immune system. Unfortunately, common viruses, such as whooping cough, can be fatal to a baby, especially when they have no immunity from a vaccine. A mother in another state filed a lawsuit against a pediatric group for failure to diagnose her infant daughter for whooping cough. Massachusetts parents may be interested in learning that a jury awarded the mother $4 million for negligence in her daughter's care.

Reportedly, the mother was suffering from symptoms of whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis. Individuals with a strong immune system typically are able to recover from the virus, but it can be fatal to a newborn. Apparently, her baby became sick, but the mother claims that the pediatric group ignored requests to test her daughter for the same virus.

Sadly, the woman's child died only 32 days after her birth. The mother filed a civil lawsuit claiming that the physician's lack of treatment for the virus contributed to her daughter's premature death. Eight years after the death of her daughter, a jury awarded the mother $4 million for her suffering.

All evidence of symptoms must be examined to make an accurate diagnosis of a patient. When some evidence is ignored, unintended harm of a patient can occur. Massachusetts parents who have suffered unnecessary pain or suffering due to a physician's failure to diagnose a child may find comfort after speaking with a medical malpractice attorney about their legal options.

Source:, "Central Pa. mom gets $4M in medical malpractice suit for baby's death", Candy Woodall, May 17, 2018

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