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Medical malpractice suit in California settled

Most people expect that, when going to the hospital, they will receive the best care available, regardless of where they come from. For one California woman and her now 18-month-old son that wasn't the case. She recently won a settlement, on behalf of her son, in a medical malpractice suit against the Los Angeles County hospital where she delivered him.

The mother, said to be a homeless woman, went to a local emergency room during the 39th week of her pregnancy. She had severe pain in her abdomen but was quickly discharged by the medical resident with no diagnosis. She returned about 12 hours later, needing to be admitted for an emergency C-section. Her son was born with significant brain damage as a result of oxygen deprivation during delivery, reportedly due to a ruptured uterus.

The lawsuit claimed that, during her stay in the labor and delivery unit, she wasn't seen by any of the attending physicians. It also asserted that the injury was preventable because she sought care earlier. The symptoms, however, were reportedly dismissed by medical staff. The case will be sent to the state Medical Board for review and further investigation.

Being dismissed and neglected by a physician that results in injury or death to a patient is never acceptable. Medical mistakes can be devastating for patients and their families -- emotionally, physically and financially. For this California woman, filing a medical malpractice claim and being able to document her allegations resulted in a monetary settlement that will allow her to have access to the medical care her son will need the rest of his life.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, LA County settles $7.5M medical malpractice suit, No author, Nov. 6, 2013

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