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$10M California Medical Malpractice Settlement Awarded to Family of Toddler Who Underwent Amputations Following 5 Hour ER Delay

December 31, 1969

The family of Malyia Jeffers has settled their California medical malpractice case with a local hospital. Malyia, then 2, had to have her left hand, part of her right hand, and feet amputated after waiting several hours to be seen at the emergency room at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento. The case has been settled for $10 million.

Per court documents, last November Malyia's parents took her to the hospital because she was suffering from weakness, skin discoloration, and a fever. They waited five hours in the waiting room even though they kept begging that hospital workers see their daughter. Meantime, the bruising on Malyia's body got worse, impacting her arms, legs, and face. In their California ER malpractice complaint, Leah Yang and Ryan Jeffers accused the hospital of inadequate staffing and negligent operation and supervision of the ER.

Malyia was eventually flown to Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital where doctors diagnosed her with Streptococcus A bacteria, which by then had entered her organs and blood. She also spent over three months at the Stanford hospital.

The majority of the settlement, with the hospital and parent company Catholic Healthcare West, will go towards providing for Malyia's current and future needs. In addition to ongoing therapy, she also has customized prosthetics, costly meds, special clothing, and will have to use wheelchairs for life.

ER Malpractice
Unfortunately, the hectic pace of an ER can lend itself to medical mistakes. Late hours, not enough staff, lots of people coming in and out, doctors rushing from one patient to another, and emergency situations can create a lot of chaos and distraction and errors can be easily made and overlooked.

Common ER mistakes include:
• Failure to diagnose
• Wrong diagnosis
• Medication mistakes
• Surgical errors
• Inaccurate lab tests
• Not enough testing
• Unsanitary conditions
• Anesthesia mistakes
• Chart errors
• Delayed diagnosis
• Delayed treatment
• Discharging someone prematurely
• Insufficient patient history

As with any Orange County, California medical malpractice case, you want to work with a personal injury law firm that understands the nature and complexities of this type of civil suit and can prove liability.

Nurses, OB/GYNS, surgeons, doctors, and anesthesiologists are some of the medical professionals that can make ER mistakes. Hospitals and medical staff know that the emergency room is a place where medical errors can happen if one isn't careful enough or there aren't proper procedures in place to prevent them from happening. There may be more than one party who should be held liable.

Medical mistakes can result in catastrophic consequences for patients. Often, these can lead to costly additional treatment, procedures, and care. There is no reason why you shouldn't be allowed to obtain the maximum recovery possible for the harm that you or your loved one has suffered.

Girl Gets $10M Settlement After ER Delay, ABC News/AP, October 28, 2011

Lawsuit alleges ER negligence in treating toddler's infection, Sacbee, February 15, 2011

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