An infant in hospital care was left for ten minutes without oxygen in 2009. The hospital failed to provide him with proper airway support or enough oxygen, leaving him with permanent brain damage.
The boy is now four years old and requires intensive care to live daily life. His family has filed a lawsuit asking for $40 million to care for him and cover past and future medical expenses. There may be punitive damages awarded and, possibly, approximately $10 million for lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement and lost of use of his legs and arms.
The child was diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in 2009, when he was just four months old. He was taken from Onslow Memorial Hospital to Greenville, where the physician on duty and the transport team were allegedly medically negligent in ensuring he received the amount of oxygen he needed during the trip and in the E.R. upon arrival.
The breathing tube they were using was not working. On arrival at the hospital, medical personnel tried to intubate the baby twice while he went without enough oxygen for ten minutes. As a result, he sustained preventable brain damage and permanent physical disabilities.
His family would be reeling under the weight of the expenses for their son’s ongoing medical care. Finding the funds to pay those bills would be difficult, if not impossible, and they would still need to stay current with their other usual expenses. A family in such a situation might apply for litigation funding (also referred to as a lawsuit loan). Litigation funding is emergency funding advanced to a qualified plaintiff that allows him or her to pay outstanding bills while waiting for the case to be settled or go to trial.
A lawsuit loan is pre-settlement funding that allows a plaintiff the peace of mind to focus on healing and caring for their family members. Once an application has been approved, the cash arrives by wire within 48 hours. Plaintiffs may then take care of their everyday business, knowing they have a way to pay their debts — one less worry for stressed plaintiffs facing financial ruin.