According to articles from The Denver Post and The Canon City Daily Record, a 7-year-old passed away from a possible misdiagnosis by their mother. In 2019, two years after the death, the Colorado Judicial District Grand Jury indicted the deceased’s mother on the charges of first-degree murder. She is also accused of child abuse through malnutrition and unnecessary medical care.
According to records, the mother faked her daughter’s illness and convinced doctors to perform dangerous and unnecessary procedures and prescriptions for over five years. During treatment, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals had doubts about the deceased’s health and started an internal investigation using their own resources. Unfortunately, the internal nature of the investigation made it vulnerable to false information. The hospital concluded that there was no probable cause of abuse and never contacted the authorities until 14 months later.
Recent evidence shows that the leading pediatric hospital and child abuse centers in the country missed red flags and signs throughout the course of treatment. Prosecutors are alleging that the medical professionals at the hospitals continued to believe the mother and failed to alert the hospital’s child abuse division.
The abuser is currently held in jail on $250,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child abuse, theft, fraud, and forgery.
Debunking Wrongful Death
According to Colorado Law, wrongful death is defined as “a death caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person or entity.” (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-21-201, 13-21-202 (2021).) In other words, wrongful death claims can be seen as personal injury suits if the victims were still alive. Car accidents and medical malpractice are some of the most prominent wrongful death cases in Colorado. Colorado Law suggests that a wrongful death lawsuit be filed within two years of the incident. If there is no malice or premeditation, then wrongful death criteria apply.
Wrongful Death and Murder can both cause the psychological effects such as:
- Irreplicable loss
- Pain and Suffering
- Funeral Costs & Expenses
Our Team is Ready to Get You the Compensation You and Your Family Deserve
Our experienced attorneys are skilled in wrongful death cases are we always strive for the largest settlement possible. While filing a wrongful lawsuit against a negligent party can’t undo the string of events that caused a person’s death, it can help a family gain some sort of closure and potentially recover damages.
Colorado residents should immediately contact our office to receive a free case evaluation. Reach Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC at 720-923-2333.
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