Hospital settles medical malpractice suit, will pay $9M

An out-of-state medical center must pay $9 million in a medical malpractice settlement. A pregnant woman went to the hospital on Sept. 7, 2010 and suffered a birth injury, according to the medical malpractice lawsuit. The medical staff was very familiar with the woman's medical history, including the woman's higher-than-normal risk of uterine rupture. When Tennessee individuals are treated negligently while in the care of a health care professional, they are typically entitled to file a medical malpractice suit against that professional, in addition to the medical center, when applicable. 

The woman was seen by a physician who was a first-year resident, and the lawsuit claims that she was, as a result, too inexperienced. The suit goes on to allege that the physician did not call for any help at the time the woman's uterus ruptured. An attending nurse eventually made the call for help, after which a physician with more experience arrived.  

As a result of the rupture and delay, oxygen was cut off to the woman's baby, the lawsuit claims. This left him with both cerebral palsy and brain damage. He is now considered permanently disabled and will need a lifetime of constant care. An annuity will be purchased with a large portion of the $9 million settlement. This will result in monthly allotments to the victim's trust and will be guaranteed for the remainder of the victim's life, regardless of how long the child lives.

When patients suffer an injury from the result of a health care professional's negligence, the victims or their family typically have the right to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit against the party or parties believed responsible. Successfully presented, this claim may result in a judgment for any financial damages sustained. Medical malpractice victims in Tennessee are entitled to seek counsel to assess the validity of their proposed legal claims and to advocate on their behalf in pursuing claims for financial relief.

Source: khon2.com, "Tripler to pay $9 million in medical malpractice settlement", Feb. 5, 2016

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