By Correy Stephenson, Dolan Media Newswires
Published: October 28,2011
A Fayetteville jury has awarded almost $25 million to a father and son against a hospital the plaintiffs claimed should have reported signs of child abuse prior to a serious subsequent injury. Six-year-old Ajamu “Man Man” Gaines Jr. arrived at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville with a two broken bones in his arm in April 2003. An x-ray revealed an additional rib fracture, and his mother offered a questionable explanation for his injuries, but hospital employees failed to take action, said Cale Conley, a partner at Conley Griggs in Atlanta who represented the plaintiffs. Gaines’ injuries were “textbook” signs of abuse, Conley asserted, and hospital staff should have reported the situation to law enforcement as well as to the Department of Social Services.