Hospital Must Pay $8,000,000 for Malpractice

Date:15-11-1990
Publication:New York Post
Author:Andrea Peyser
Case
Attorney(s):Judith A. Livingston
Practice Area(s):Medical Malpractice
Summary:An 11-year-old girl was awarded $8 million by a Brooklyn jury for "severe brain damage after her condition was misdiagnosed," according to the Post article. Judith Livingston represented the girl, Mai Lee Chang, currently institutionalized in New Mexico and functioning "like a one-and-a-half year old."

Mai's mother, Yollande, brought Mai to the hospital when Mai, two-and-a-half months old, began vomiting and having seizures. Yollande brought Mai in again three more times over the next two weeks. Despite a swelling of Mai's head and an increasing frequency of seizures, doctors failed to recognize the "telltale signs of a fluid collection that was causing pressure on the brain," Ms. Livingston said. A specialist was not called in to drain the fluid until it was too late. "It is tragic because the hospital had a multitude of opportunities to properly diagnose and treat the child before any significant problems developed," Ms. Livingston said.