Boy, 11, dies after a soccer injury. His parents blamed the clinic and
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After the death of their 11-year-old son due to brain injuries suffered
while playing soccer, two parents will receive $500,000 from Hialeah medical
clinic and the Dade school system. The malpractice settlement was reach
The two parents, Humberto and Marta Barreto, filed suit after the unusual
death of their son six days after a soccer injury. The injury had gone
unnoticed by his coach and went undiagnosed by doctors at the Association
Cubana Clinic of Hialeah.
Mr. and Mrs. Barreto were represented by attorney
Luis Stabinski. After three days of a civil trial, the settlement was decided before
Dade Circuit Judge Lenore Nesbitt. The settlement will be divided among
the defendants: Hialeah clinic and the doctors will pay $325,000 and the
Dade County School Board will pay $175,000.
Barreto, Jr. was a goalie at Palm Springs Junior High School. He was hit
in the face by a soccer ball, but he wasn't taken to the hospital
until three days later when he began experiencing headaches and vomiting.
He went brainded the same day he was admitted. It was acute obstructive
hydrocephalus, or swelling of the brain, which medical evidence proved
to have been caused by Barreto, Jr. hitting his head against the goal
post after he was hit in the face by the soccer ball.
The lawsuit against the school board charged negligence for failing to
prevent and detect the injury, and for failing to tell the parents about
the injury. The lawsuit against the clinic charged malpractice for not
diagnosing Barreto, Jr.'s