Parents of 6-year-old Suing for Medical Malpractice
Roberto Llanas, Jr. was playing at his elementary school in Dallas when he was injured back in May of 2012. The 6-year-old ran into a pole in the playground at the John W. Carpenter Elementary and was transported to the hospital. When he was there, he was writhing in pain and growing pale while waiting at the Children’s Medical Center for treatment. The attending doctor, Dr. Abbie Leigh Smith, ran tests on the young boy to determine the extent of the damage. They administrated an enema which is normally used to diagnose children with appendicitis. Llanas had x-rays of his kidney, ureter and bladder to find what the cause of the pain. The attending physician also ordered liver function tests and a total blood count. The final determination was that the young boy was suffering from a bout of constipation and sent home to recover with laxatives to resolve the issue.
After being home for around four hours, Llanas’s parents grew concerned and called for an ambulance. Their son did not make it back to the hospital for a second time. He bled out and died en route. It was only after an autopsy that the real cause of the injury was revealed as a lacerated kidney from running into the pole at school and the internal hemorrhaging that was the result of the accident. Now his parents are trying to hold someone responsible for the loss of son. They filed a medical malpractice suit against the attending doctor Abbie Smith, the medical center that treated Llanas, and the hospital that Smith is affiliated with, UT-Southwestern.
Their claim is that the use of the enema and the X-rays which masked the symptoms of inner distress, which was a failure to diagnose and was the proximate cause to losing their son. The surviving family have also stated that it is not about the potential monetary damages that they could be awarded. Their main purpose for filing the medical malpractice suit is to make other parents aware of negligent medical care.
If you believe that a misdiagnosis has led to pain, suffering or death of your loved one, you deserve to hold someone responsible. Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in New Braunfels who can assist in righting the wrongs that you have suffered.