A record $40 million dollar settlement was reached for the parents of a 12-year-old girl who sustained brain damage during treatment for strep throat in a North Shore Hospital. It was reported to be the highest in Cook County Circuit Court for a brain-damage case involving a minor.
The suit alleged their daughter’s brain injury could have been prevented if she were transferred to a children’s hospital and had received the appropriate care. The staff should also have recognized the need for a neck CT scan that would have revealed the location of her bacterial infection and narrowed airway.
After staff inserted a PICC line for nutrition, they laid the girl on her back despite her difficulty breathing. Her breathing stopped and she went into cardiac arrest. Her cardiac arrest resulted in a catastrophic brain injury.
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Attorneys in the case:– Attorney Joseph A. Power Jr., and Joseph W. Balesteri Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P.