A Chicago couple filed a medical-malpractice lawsuit this week blaming an area hospital for the death of their 6-week-old son, saying the staff negligently gave him an IV bag with 60 times the prescribed dose of sodium.
As a result of the mistake, little Genesis Burkett died last Oct. 15, one month and nine days after he was born prematurely at Lutheran General, according to the lawsuit.
The IV bag initially was labeled correctly, noting the high level of sodium it contained, but at some point before a nurse administered it, a second label was placed over the first label, according to the attorney for the boy’s parents, Fritzie and Cameron Burkett.
The second label showed the correct amount of sodium that the doctor had ordered, so the nurse was unaware of the fatal dose.
Advocate Healthcare spokeswoman Kelly Jo Golson acknowledged an “error.”
“A hospital error led to the incorrect concentration of sodium in [Genesis’s] IV solution,” Golson told the Chicago Sun Times. “Our prayers continue to be with the family.”
Attorneys of Ross Feller Casey, LLP has built a remarkable record of victories in Birth Injury related cases, amassing a long list of seven- and eight-figure verdicts and settlements. They include:
•$22 million verdict in a birth injury case involving blood arriving late for a transfusion
•$12 million recovery in a birth injury case
•$8 million settlement for a child who suffered a brain injury due to a delay in delivery
•$7 million recovery for a child left with cerebral palsy as a result of obstetrical negligence
•$7 million settlement for a woman who died just after delivering a baby
•$6 million settlement for an infant who suffered brain damage because a nurse midwife and nurses failed to manage fetal distress during labor
•$5.5 million recovery for a child who was brain injured at birth because an obstetrician failed to recognize signs of placental abruption
•$5.5 million settlement for the family of a 23-year-old woman who died after giving birth to her daughter