Medical Malpractice Story: Nathaniel Johns

Nathaniel Johns suffered brain damage from jaundice in Washington State when he was six days old after a nurse, who knew that the baby wasn't eating and his skin was turning yellow, failed to tell his mother that he should be taken to a doctor immediately. The child now suffers from cerebral palsy, requires a wheelchair and may never be able to feed himself. Nathaniel's parents sued several pediatricians, who had been consulted by the parents, as well as the hospital, charging that their son's injuries were caused by a failure to diagnose and treat his condition and by a failure to fully inform the parents of the seriousness of the child's condition. The doctors settled before trial for undisclosed amounts. The jury awarded over $10 million to Nathaniel and $540,000 to his parents; the hospital did not appeal the verdict.

Join Our Fight!

The Center for Justice & Democracy is the only national consumer organization in the country exclusively dedicated to protecting our civil justice system. If you'd like more information, please contact us.

Connect with us