Attorney Johnson Represents Infant Wrongful Death Case Against Mercy Hospital

The Case

undefinedOn December 20, 2018, Sam and Melanie Blair filed a wrongful death claim against Mercy Hospital Springfield, Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, and Dr. Amr Nabaah. The couple claims that a doctor’s misdiagnosis is responsible for the death of their 9-month-old son, Charles “Charlie” Blair. Springfield News-Leader’s breaking news reporter Harrison Keegan reported on this incident, stating, “In the lawsuit, the Blairs say they took Charlie to Mercy’s emergency room on Feb. 5 after they noticed decreased appetite, lethargy, ear pain, fever and signs of dehydration. He was diagnosed with a common adenovirus and given pain medicine and Tamiflu.”

Three days later, the Blairs brought Charlie back to the emergency room because he was exhibiting additional symptoms, including a rapid heart rate and a shortness of breath. The lawsuit states that Mercy Hospital didn’t perform the necessary tests that could have saved Charlie’s life, and just continued to treat a nonexistent viral condition. Charlie was once against discharged from the hospital on February 10, 2018; less than 24 hours later, Charlie had a stroke and was transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Unlike Mercy Hospital, the doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital completed the appropriate tests and diagnosed Charlie with a case of bacterial meningitis. Tragically, Charlie passed away from brain injuries associated with his medical condition on February 23, 2018.

The Pursuit of Justice

Attorney Roger Alan Johnson, the managing partner at our firm, is representing the Blairs as they pursue justice and compensatory damages. As Attorney Johnson explained to Springfield News-Leader, “What they’re really interested in is this not happening to other folks,” and that the lawsuit is more about holding Mercy accountable for their negligence. “It takes a level of courage to bring a lawsuit and go through the emotional journey that the Blairs are going to go through,” Attorney Johnson added.

According to the lawsuit, Charlie’s injuries “were the direct and proximate result of the carelessness, faults and omissions” of Mercy Hospital, and “had good, safe and timely medical choices been made, as the standards of medical care require, Charles Blair would not have suffered the progression of the meningitis that led to the catastrophic brain strokes and his death.”

Speak to a Trial-Tested Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If your loved one has passed away due to the negligent actions of another person, corporation, or government entity, contact the Joplin wrongful death lawyers at Johnson, Vorhees, & Martucci. Our compassionate and award-winning attorneys proudly utilize over 140 years of collective legal experience to help families in the Four State Area obtain justice and closure.

Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, so you can pursue justice without worrying about attorney fees. Contact Johnson, Vorhees, & Martucciat (833) 600-0125 to schedule a free consultation.



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