Indiana Family Sues Healthcare Company Over Boy’s Brain Damage

Indiana Family Sues Healthcare Company Over Boy's Brain DamageA couple from South Bend, Indiana, is filing a lawsuit against a Florida healthcare company for its alleged role in the major brain injuries their son endured while being cared for by a home health nurse in 2007, the South Bend Tribune reports.

According to the news source, the family is seeking $10 million in damages from the company, while a jury will soon decide to what extent Interim Healthcare Inc. is responsible for the 2-year-old boy’s injuries, which the family contends occurred because of a blockage in his breathing tube.

The trial was underway on Monday, July 25, in St. Joseph Circuit court.

The Lopez family allege that their son, who was born two months premature and depended on a breathing machine for the first parts of his life, sustained a brain injury when his breathing tube became blocked with mucous and the at-home nurse did not respond properly to the situation, the media outlet stated.

Janet Turner allegedly did not replace the tube when she was supposed to, leading to the boy’s “severe and permanent” brain damage, which will require him to need around-the-clock medical care for the rest of his life, according to the news source.

“It’s about the worst brain injury anyone can have,” the Lopez’s injury attorney said in his opening statement on July 25. “And there’s no cure for it, at least at this point.”

The defense did not disagree with the fact that nurse Turner did not react with proper procedures regarding the blocked tube, but is standing on ground that an entire company should not be held accountable for the actions of a nurse employed by a company franchise, the news provider stated.

According to the National Library of Medicine, when not enough oxygen is delivered to the brain, an event called cerebral hypoxia, impaired brain function, coma or death may be the result.