$3.25 million settlement for misdiagnosis of head trauma
The family of a 15-year-old Springfield boy received a settlement of $3.25 million from an emergency room doctor and nurse who failed to recognize that he had suffered serious head trauma. The boy’s parents brought him to the emergency room after he had been attacked by some other boys on the street. They reported to the nurse that their son had a clotting disorder, but the nurses did not convey this information to the doctor. Despite complaints of headache, fatigue and vomiting that should have alerted the staff to a possible head injury, no brain imaging studies were done. The boy was discharged with instructions to see his dentist for injuries to his teeth. He later collapsed and become unresponsive at home, and a brain bleed was diagnosed. He suffered permanent neurologic disabilities.