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Lawsuit accuses hospital, doctor of medical malpractice

Even well-supervised children in New Jersey can get hurt. Fortunately for parents, most doctors and other healthcare professionals are well-trained and able to prescribe the appropriate treatment following incidents that caused injury to a child. However, one family in another state filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming that delayed treatment caused severe harm to their toddler.

The mother reportedly observed the daughter, who is now 19-months-old, swallow a small battery in March of 2016. She attempted to remove the battery and immediately sought medical attention when she was unable to do so. While the girl's parents wanted the battery removed immediately due to concerns of exposure to the chemicals inside, they claim the doctor seemed unconcerned, claiming that swallowing the battery was no different than swallowing a coin.

Unfortunately, they soon discovered that the young girl was suffering from chemical burns to her esophagus. She was rushed to surgery five hours after she initially swallowed the battery, but the damage had already been done. She has undergone 20 surgeries since the incident and incurred $300,000 to $400,000 in medical bills. This amount does not include the costs of travel from their home in Florida to Boston to receive treatment every two weeks. Her parents claim that she can only eat pureed foods, slowing her growth, and that she may continue to need treatments until she is a teenager.

When necessary medical treatment is delayed, patients suffer. In addition to this family's travel and medical costs, the child's mother was forced to quit her job in order to provide care for the little girl. Unfortunately, medical malpractice occurs in every state, including New Jersey, leaving many suffering physically, emotionally and financially due to a doctor's negligence. A successfully presented lawsuit can help these victims better cope with the financial ramifications of such treatment.

Source: nbc4i.com, "Florida family sues hospital after toddler swallows battery", Dec. 29, 2016

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