Although nobody wants to be involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit, sometimes there is no other option. Our California readers, unlike many others in the United States, are not too far from the state of Hawaii. For this reason, some follow along with news out of the state.
According to a recent report, a family and a military hospital in Hawaii have reached a $9 million settlement in relation to a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, the payment must first be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.
In the lawsuit, the family claims that their son was born with a brain injury due to medical negligence. The allegations in the lawsuit run deep and include waiting too long to perform a cesarean section.
In the lawsuit that was filed in July 2012, it was noted that the woman "was at risk for uterine rupture in connection with future pregnancies." Despite this, doctors did not respond to symptoms in a timely manner.
As a result of the lawsuit, $5 million will be paid in a lump sum with another $4 million paid out over the lifetime of the child. Being as the boy will require 24 hour care for the rest of his life, this arrangement will work in the favor of the family.
Even in today's world of advanced technology, medical malpractice cases are still common. Every year, people are injured due to mistakes made by medical professionals. Consulting with an experienced attorney can help the injured party and/or their family better understand how to protect their rights.
Source: Insurance Journal, "$9M Settlement For Boy’s Cerebral Palsy from Hawaii Hospital" Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Jan. 30, 2014