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A Los Angeles jury recently awarded a brain damaged child $7.3 million dollars in a hospital malpractice lawsuit.  The lawsuit alleged that the hospital failed to diagnose and treat the child for meningitis when the child was just one year’s old.  The failure to treat the infection caused permanent and irreversible brain damage to the child.

The suit alleged that had the child been treated sonner with antibiotics, she would not have suffered the brain injury.  She now requires physical therapy and behavioral therapy as a result of her brain damage.  Bacterial meningitis is a treatable illness if timely diagnosed and if treatment is started in a timely manner.