E. coli Bacteria Children who are infected with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria and then develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) often experience problems with their central nervous systems (CNS). Varying degrees of unresponsiveness, from being a little disoriented to a coma, are possible. At any point on the scale, children with HUS and CNS involvement are seriously ill. If the parents will allow it, our lawyers visit our young clients in the hospital. Our attorneys feel this helps in their representation of these severely sick children. Contact Attorney Fred Pritzker for more information about our hospital calls.

The Glasgow Coma Scale, which is used to evaluate the levels of coma, has three categories: eye-opening response, verbal response, and motor response.  The total Glasgow Coma Scale score is the sum of the scores in the three categories.  The total Glasgow Coma Scale score range is 3 to 15 — the higher the score, that is, the lower the number, the less responsive the patient is. A patient with a score of 3 to 8 is the most severe. Patients with this number score are generally considered to be in a coma.

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Glasgow Coma Scale for HUS victims over five years of age:

Eye Opening Response

  • Spontaneous — open with blinking at baseline = 4 points
  • Opens to verbal command, speech, or shout = 3 points
  • Opens to pain, not applied to face = 2 points
  • None = 1 point

Verbal Response

  • Oriented = 5 points
  • Confused conversation, but able to answer questions = 4 points
  • Inappropriate responses, words discernible = 3 points
  • Incomprehensible speech = 2 points
  • None = 1 point

Motor Response 

  • Obey commands for movement = 6 points
  • Purposeful movement to painful stimulus = 5 points
  • Withdraws from pain = 4 points
  • Abnormal (spastic) flexion, decorticate posture = 3 points
  • Extensor (rigid) response, decerebrate posture = 2 points
  • None = 1 point

Because children under five, the most common victims of E. coli HUS, are usually not able to give verbal responses similar to an older child or adult, the verbal response category is a bit different.

Glasgow Coma Scale verbal response category for children under age five:

2 to 5 YRS

  • Appropriate words or phrases = 5 points
  • Inappropriate words = 4 points
  • Persistent cries and/or screams = 3 points
  • Grunts = 2 points
  • No response = 1 point

0 TO 23 Mos.

  • Smiles or coos appropriately = 5 points
  • Cries and consolable = 4 points
  • Persistent inappropriate crying &/or screaming = 3 points
  • Grunts or is agitated or restless = 2 points
  • No response = 1 point

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If your child has HUS, you and your child have legal rights, including the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life from anyone who was responsible for the E. coli O157:H7 infection that caused the HUS.

If you would like to interview one of our attorneys before hiring our law firm, one of our E. coli lawyers will fly to meet with you.

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Resources: 1. David G. Nathan and F. A. Oski, Hematology of infancy and childhood, W.B. Saunders Co, Philadelphia (1993).
2. Hemolytic uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York (1992).

3. http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/scales/glasgow.htm.