There are, unfortunately, seemingly endless ways in which Texas residents can suffer injuries, many of which require medical treatment. When injuries happen to children, there is oftentimes a heightened sense of urgency to get treatment. According to a recent report, one family’s rush to get medical treatment for their little girl after the girl was bitten by a rattlesnake did not go well at all, leading to alleged medical malpractice and a subsequent lawsuit.

The reports state that a rattlesnake bit the little girl in September of last year. Immediately after the bite occurred, the girl’s family members took her to Ascension Seton Hays for emergency medical care. The lawsuit claims that the girl was brought in for medical treatment within 30 minutes of the bite occurring. The family also brought the dead snake along, apparently so that medical professionals could verify want type of snake caused the bite. However, the lawsuit alleges that the little girl was not given any anti-venom treatment in the first four hours she was at the medical facility.

Thankfully, at some point the girl was transferred to a children’s hospital where, according to reports, she received 37 vials of anti-venom treatment. But, unfortunately, the girl has apparently suffered permanent impairment and disfigurement due to the medical negligence that occurred at Ascension Seton Hays. The lawsuit names the hospital and one of the doctors who practices there as defendants in the case.

As with most personal injury cases, the family of this little girl claims that medical expenses have accumulated significantly. The recent report states that the girl and her family face over half a million dollars in medical bills. Sadly, these types of damages are common after suffering harm at the hands of a negligent individual, which is why victims need to carefully consider whether a lawsuit is in their best interests.