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Brain-damaged child awarded millions from Cedar Sinai

A jury on Friday awarded $7.4 million to a child who suffered severe brain damage as an infant after doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles failed to promptly treat an infection.

Attorneys for Paris Campen, who was a little more than a month old at the time of the incident, argued that doctors at the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit were negligent when they did not administer an antibiotic to the newborn until eight hours after she began showing symptoms that indicated an infection.

An attorney for Cedars-Sinai did not return a request for comment.

Campen, now 5, eventually developed meningitis, which caused permanent brain damage, attorney Diane Corwin said. The child's mother, Angelique Campen, said her daughter now has a permanent shunt in her brain to drain excess fluids and needs physical and behavioral therapy.

Angelique Campen, who is an emergency room physician at UCLA Medical Center, said she questioned measures taken by one doctor but was repeatedly ignored.

Corwin tried the case along with attorney John Denove.

-- Victoria Kim
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Just in case you thought Cedars was the pinnacle of medical care in LA.

Absolutely appalling behavior by those people at Cedars Sinai. What do they think they were doing? I know the doctors at White Memorial Center in East LA are of a similar vein. Doctors their deny the existence of the Devil when pope Benedict, the former cardinal Ratzinger has categorically stated his belief in the Devil. Doctors at White Memorial Center routinely give sedation to patients who claim to be beguiled by the devil as a treatment for madness. Does that also mean that doctors at White Memorial Center believe pope Benedict is also mad?

Trial lawyers know they better get these awards quickly.
If you have universal health care,you will be suing the US citizens for negligence.
Yes, the lawyers know it will be difficult to say:
"You know the taxpayers,they have deep pockets."
As opposed to the present plea:
"You know the insurance companies have deep pockets."

IMO, Cedar Sinai is overrated. My father was terminally ill & an administrator actually came into the ICI room to inform him that his already obscenely expensive per diem costs were going up. when we finally extricated him from the jaws of the money monster and took him home -- we discovered multiple bedsores which indicated he had rarely been moved.

Poor communication remains an obstacle to quality health care throughout our healthcare system. Lawyers are more than willing to point this out. Who will eventually wind up paying this award? I suspect it will be the future patients at the hospital who will suffer from this. We need to overhaul our healthcare system now.

I don't feel bad when medical providers are forced to pay these huge damage awards because I don't see any effort on the part of these same providers to curtail their medical error rates. Preventable medical errors currently kill almost 100,000 people per year in this country. If hospitals and doctors want to be taken seriously when they rail against malpractice litigation then they should start looking for ways to reduce their error rate. A prime example is hospital infection rates. It's been known since the 19th century that hand washing by doctors and nurses reduces infection rates in hospitals but a significant number of medical providers still refuse to follow this simple protocol before touching patients. They should be ashamed!

The only thing I could say is she's an ER doctor. She suppose to know the protocol for newborn to 4 months of age needed to have a meningitis work up. You have to give atb initially after you knew what the lab result is..Why she waited for a long time to have her child be threated like that. Did she ever told them that she is a doctor also? Or she just kept her mouth shot and waited for it to happened. Er doctors always in a rush to have everything done when it comes to infant. Why at this time she did not rush them up. Or maybe she was so demanding that employee has a tendency to ignore pt's family coz they are very rude.. Just don't understand why it went too far for the infant to get sick when she is a doctor alone.


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