St. Louis parents recover $6 million medical malpractice verdict!

St. Louis personal injury law firm, Zevan & Davidson, recovered a $6 million medical malpractice and wrongful death jury verdict. The parents of a six month-old boy successfully sued St. Louis University after their affiliate failed to diagnose their boy which led to his wrongful death.

Missouri medical malpractice lawyers recover $6 million jury verdict against St. Louis University in a wrongful death claim.

St. Louis, MO–Missouri medical malpractice lawyers, with the law firm of Zevan & Davidson, announced a $6 million jury verdict in favor of their clients whose son died after medical staff affiliated with St. Louis University failed to diagnose and treat a bacterial infection. The St. Louis medical malpractice and wrongful death claim was filed on behalf of a Missouri couple, Dewayne and Suzanne Blankenship, after SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center failed to diagnose and treat their 6-month-old son’s bacterial infection. The court case stated the negligent delay in care by the hospital led to the infant’s wrongful death.

The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Zevan & Davidson, who are experienced trial lawyers in medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death cases, and other areas of injury and damages claims, filed the suit, Blankeship v. Saint Louis University, et al., cause no. 22052-07195 on July 1, 2005, in St. Louis Circuit Court. The lawsuit originally named multiple defendants who eventually were dismissed from the civil litigation. The jury trial began in St. Louis Circuit Court against Saint Louis University, which provided hospital services through the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, on August 10, 2009. The trial ended with the jury moving to deliberations and returning a $6,080,000 verdict to the suffering parents of the deceased infant.

According to a press release on Business Wire, the Blankenships sought medical treatment for their 6 month-old son, Dylan, at Cardinal Glennon on June 26, 2002. Their son was suffering with following bacterial infection symptoms: fever, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. The infant was discharged home from the hospital the same day the parents originally sought medical care and returned to the emergency room at Cardinal Glennon by ambulance on June 27, the very next day. He was admitted to the hospital for emergency care and treatment by doctors and nurses and tragically died six days later.

St. Louis medical malpractice attorney, David M. Zevan, noted the personal injury lawsuit was filed before Missouri’s $350,000 damage cap was voted into effect by the state legislature. Zevan, who practices law in Missouri and Illinois, asserts the costs of medical malpractice litigation are so high, that had the $350,000 medical malpractice cap been in effect, the wrongful death claim of the Blankenship’s 6 month old son, Dylan, most likely would not have been filed in court by personal injury attorneys. With the current Missouri malpractice cap of $350,000, the Blankenship’s would most likely have not received any recovery or compensation for the medical negligence that caused the death of their son through the court system. The right to seek to trial by jury by all individuals through the civil justice system is an inherent right under the United States Constitution. The debate regarding whether or not state medical malpractice caps are supported, by corporate America and special interest groups, to limit people access to the court system who have been injured by big business wrongdoers…seems to be a check mark in the yes column for the Blankenship family.

Missouri medical malpractice lawsuit information offered by legal news reporter Heather L. Ryan.

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Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.