Major Meningitis Brain Injury Trial To Start

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Ross Feller Casey founding partner Matt Casey will begin a major medical malpractice trial in Lackawanna County next week involving a now-20-year-old man who suffered permanent brain damage as an infant because doctors failed to diagnose meningitis.

Among other things, the lawsuit alleges doctors and area hospitals failed to run proper evaluations on Christopher Hufford in 1997 when he was only 10 months old. The tests would have diagnosed meningitis, but instead the infection was allowed to spread and caused severe brain damage. Hufford now has the neurological equivalency of a 5 year old, and his mother, Jackie, has to oversee all his daily activities, from brushing his teeth to bathing.

The Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader ran a front-page story about the case and the upcoming trial that is expected to start July 11 in Scranton.

Casey told The Times-Leader, “Instead of being a healthy 20-year-old man, he’s totally dependent on his mother in order to get through each day. At long last, we will seek justice for him from the jury who will hear his case.”

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