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Many people in Cleveland have likely heard about the horrific death of a 12-year-old boy who was allegedly jumped on his school playground. The young boy’s parents say that their son had been bullied in school, but this most recent incident included an attack by two other boys that left him with a concussion and a broken nose. Sadly, it appears the concussion caused serious damage and seizures, forcing doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma.

Later, the boy contracted pneumonia, which may have played a hand in his eventual death. If so, his parents may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the hospital that was treating him. Hospital-acquired pneumonia can be a very serious condition and can be contracted by patients who need respirator machines, sources report. If the child was on a respirator while in his coma, this could be the source of his eventual pneumonia.

What makes hospital-acquired pneumonia so dangerous is that the germs that are in a hospital are often more severe than those encountered outside of a health care facility. In addition, many of the people who are in a hospital are in such weak states that they cannot fight off an infection that an otherwise healthy person could. For this young boy, the pneumonia eventually required him to receive a blood transfusion.

It is undeniable that the 12 year old would never have needed hospital care, but for the actions of his two classmates. It is entirely possible, however, that if he had not contracted such a serious strain of pneumonia, he may have survived. As more information emerges about this tragic death, the boy’s parents may wish to consult a medical malpractice attorney about their legal options.