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Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Settled

A $1.175 million medical malpractice settlement between Los Angeles County and a patient of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has been reached. The patient of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center suffered a punctured blood vessel.

The claim took place after the patient, a minor at the time, received treatment at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in November of 2008 for injuries she sustained following an automobile accident, tells a reporter. Her guardian filed the claim.

According to the word received, a catheter tip that was being inserted into the patient accidentally punctured a blood vessel wall. This medical mistake caused the patient undisclosed further medical complications, and she was treated and released several days later. No further information was available pertaining to any medical problems that may have arisen from the medical accident.

The malpractice lawsuit was filed on June 3rd, 2009 in the Los Angeles Superior Court. A rep says the lawsuit accused the county-run hospital of negligence. On January 4th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the settlement of the case.

County officials in Nassau and Suffolk stated that they could not successfully fight the claim because of the Res Ipsa Loquitur doctrine, which states that the person is presumed at fault even if there is no evidence of negligence, as long as they were in control of whatever it was that caused the injury. As a result of this settlement, the nursing staff at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has undergone catheter re-education.

If you or a family member has suffered a medical accident, resulting in medical malpractice, a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney can help you to receive the compensation you deserve. A New York Medical Malpractice Attorney can review your case and help you to receive justice in your favor.

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