On June 19, 2012, a young boy, Keonte Graham, was awarded $1.1 million in the settlement of his medical malpractice lawsuit, after developing a serious brain injury in the wake of a previous surgery. Back in 2007, 11-month-old Graham underwent a surgery to remedy his sleep apnea, which caused him to have 50 episodes of low oxygen levels in his blood, an hour. The surgery was conducted to remove his tonsils and adenoids, and to insert inner ear tubes, in the hope that this would remedy the condition. After coming out of the four hour surgery, however, Graham showed signs of complications.
He was put into a recovery room for several hours after his surgery when it was discovered that he was having trouble breathing. The lawsuit alleges, however, that he was not properly treated for the resulting complications, and that he "had to be resuscitated after he was found not breathing" and without a pulse—which later resulted in visible brain injury. Graham is already showing symptoms of developmental delays, and it is only projected to get worse as he grows older. The case was won due to the fact that the boy's attending doctor, Andrew Shapiro, failed to adequately monitor the patient's blood oxygen levels, which resulted in the cardiac arrest that caused the eventual brain damage.
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury as a result of medical malpractice, you are entitled to fight for your right to compensation. Medical malpractice was the clear cause of Keonte Graham's permanent brain injury, so if you have suffered a similar experience, you should not hesitate to seek legal representation. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., a dedicated attorney can guide you throughout the entire legal process and can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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