If somebody files a medical malpractice lawsuit, they feel they were harmed due to the negligence of a medical professional. While nobody wants to deal with this type of situation, it is something that people throughout the country face every year. For our Los Angeles readers, a recent medical malpractice lawsuit is sure to hit home.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a payment of $7.5 million to a child that was born with a brain injury. This payment is the settlement related to a malpractice lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the 18-month-old child, claiming that the mother ruptured her uterus during delivery, which subsequently deprived the child of oxygen. It was argued that injury to the child could have been prevented due to the fact that his mother sought treatment at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for abdominal pain. The woman was eventually discharged without being diagnosed. She returned to the hospital 12 hours later, at which time the baby was delivered via C-section. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that during the 14 hours the woman spent at the delivery unit, she was never seen by an obstetrician.
Due to the settlement, the case will now be reported to and investigated by the state Medical Board.
With the hefty settlement, the mother will be able to purchase a home and move the child out of a 24-hour care center.
This case goes a long way in showing that medical professionals do not always make the right decision. As a result of multiple errors, a baby was born with a brain injury. Medical malpractice attorneys have many years experience dealing with these types of cases and helping those who have been injured receive the compensation they deserve.
Source: Denver Post, "LA County settles $7.5M medical malpractice suit" No author given, Nov. 06, 2013