Malpractice News

January 20, 2012

Florida Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Settled

A Florida jury awarded $19.2 million to the family of Kiarra Smith after they filed medical malpractice against Health Park Medical Center, alleging Kiarra was overdosed on nutrients which caused her to go blind and develop cerebral palsy.

Kiarra was born three months premature, and was only two weeks old when she was given a nutrient dose that was 100 times stronger than what was prescribed. The lawsuit claimed this mistake caused Kiarra to go into cardiac arrest and caused her to develop severe cerebral palsy. Kiarra is confined to a wheelchair and will need life-long care.

Lee Memorial Health Systems, operator of Healthpark Medical, maintained that Kiarra's condition was the result of her premature birth, though they did admit to the nutrient error.

Cerebral palsy is a condition that is caused when baby’s oxygen supply is interrupted causing brain damage. Often cerebral palsy is caused during pregnancy, or during the birth of baby, or right after. Complications of cerebral palsy can be mild to severe and the condition can irreversibly affect motor function and cognitive development.

The award will help Kiarra pay for the care she will need for the rest of her life.

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