On May 12, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay a settlement of $1.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit stemming from a 2011 surgery at the County-USC Medical Center. As part of the settlement, the county will also be responsible for an additional $94,280 the plaintiff would have had to reimburse Medi-Cal from the money awarded to her in the settlement.
According to information contained in the claim, the plaintiff suffered an injury while undergoing gallbladder surgery. She says her surgeon mistakenly cut two of her iliac veins, which made it necessary for her to undergo a significantly more extensive and complicated procedure. As a result, she continually suffered from surgery-related ailments afterwards, including depression and deep vein thrombosis.
An ongoing problem
It was the second time within a couple of months the medical center has been the subject of a major malpractice lawsuit. In March, county supervisors reached a $4.5 million settlement with a man who was paralyzed after receiving treatment at the facility. Physicians were unable to discover what was wrong with him before the paralysis set in.
With these malpractice issues coming to the forefront in recent months, the Los Angeles County has taken several steps to promote better communication among the service providers at the hospital, and has put together a brand-new corrective action plan that officials hope will help curb these issues moving forward.
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