PEDIATRICS EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Nephrologist Elects Not To Medicate Athlete With Severe Potassium Deficiency PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an otherwise healthy 16-year-old crew team athlete who experienced persistent inexplicable muscle spasms and was hospitalized. While hospitalized, the patient was discovered to have very low potassium levels and abnormal EKGs. He was ref …

Epileptic Child Suffers Persistent Seizures After Fall at School PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an 8-year-old boy with a history of idiopathic epilepsy who slipped and fell down the stairs at his school. The boy fell down 11 steps and hit his head on the way down. Prior to the accident, the boy’s epilepsy was well controlled with  …

Child Suffers Anaphylaxis Following Immunotherapy Treatment PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a 12-year-old otherwise healthy child who received a series of weekly subcutaneous immunotherapy shots. The child had periodically received allergy treatment by the defendant physician and had reacted positively to the first 4 shots …

Infant Requires Heart Assist Device Following Delayed Clinical Evaluation PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a female infant who suffered pneumonia at 16 months of age. She was taken to the pediatrician’s office and seen by a nurse practitioner, not the pediatrician. The infant had a chest x-ray which was read as enlarged cardiac size. Clin …

Pediatric Endocrinologist Opines On Fatal DKA Treatment PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an 8-year-old male patient with type 1 diabetes. He presented to the emergency room with excessive thirst, vomiting, and shortness of breath and was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The hospital in question did not have  …

Hospitalist Fails To Diagnose Meningitis In Autistic Child PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves an autistic 11-year-old girl who presented to the pediatric emergency room with high fever, cough, and fatigue. She was diagnosed with pneumonia, given a 10-day course of amoxicillin, and discharged. The child’s symptoms worsened ove …

Infant With Prenatal Defects Suffers Permanent Neurological Impairment PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a pregnant woman whose fetus was found prenatally to have a defect in the lower chambers of the heart and kidney failure. The baby was born prematurely and was intubated in the NICU. He was diagnosed with brain and eye malformations, …

Child Suffers Respiratory Failure During Dental Procedure PEDIATRICS Expert Case

Child Suffers Respiratory Failure During Dental Procedure

This case involves a child who presented to a pediatric dentist for a cavity filling. Before the start of the procedure, the child was placed under general anesthesia. After he was anesthetized, the dentist told the child’s parents that he needed to s …

Pediatric Medicine Experts Discuss Misdiagnosis of Bacterial Infection PEDIATRICS Expert Case

The case involves a five year old child who developed flu-like symptoms. He presented to the hospital with fever, dehydration, and lethargy. The child’s parents were originally concerned with the frequency of the child’s vomiting so they brought the child  …

Delayed Cancer Diagnoses Leaves Infant Permanently Paralyzed PEDIATRICS Expert Case

This case involves a 7-month-old male patient whose right leg was not moving with the same range of motion as the left. He was admitted for a workup, but X-rays and a skeletal survey came back negative. Although the nurse noted that the infant wasn’t  …