Infant Suffers Permanent Brain Injury Due to Hospitals Negligence, Part 1 of 2

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

INJURIES: On March 11, Naomi stopped eating and responding to stimuli and became very lethargic. Martinez brought her to the Bakings Medical ER, where the baby’s lesions were cultured and diagnosed as herpes simplex virus 2 meningeoencephalitis.


On March 7, 2009, plaintiff Irma Martinez brought her 11-day-old daughter, Naomi Maria, to pediatrician Valarie Salmon at Bakings Medical Center for an evaluation.

Two days earlier, lesions appeared on Naomi’s face and ear.

Martinez asked Salmon to perform tests on the lesions, but Salmon declined, saying that tests were unnecessary, and that the child had an ordinary rash or mosquito bites.

After an emergency room visit four days later, it was discovered that Naomi had an infectious disease, and as a result, severe brain damage.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.