When children are the victims of medical malpractice, it is especially alarming. Malyia Jeffers was awarded $10 million in her medical malpractice case in 2011 and has impacted how emergency rooms handle their patients. The Californian toddler was rushed to the hospital with troubling symptoms and bruising spreading all over her body. The toddler’s parents begged for medical treatment at the Sacramento's Methodist Hospital for over 5 hours as their daughter deteriorated in their arms. Once seen by doctors, Malyia was flown to Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, where she was diagnosed with Streptococcus. The Streptococcus bacteria had spread throughout her entire body, causing a need for amputations of her feet, left hand and part of her right hand.
The family of Malyia sued the Sacramento's Methodist Hospital for medical malpractice, stating that the length wait in the ER almost cost the toddler her life and resulted in amputations. They were awarded $10 million. Court documents report Malyia will receive $16,932 a month beginning when she turned 18. The future monthly payments have been put in a trust that will grow over time and possible double when Malyia is 30-years-old.
Medical malpractice attorneys estimate that the $10 million settlement against Sacramento hospital ranks among the largest in California history. This medical malpractice case has also affected other emergency room procedures and conduct around the nation. No one should be delayed treatment so long that it results in catastrophic injuries. Malyia will continue to undergo various therapies and require expensive medical equipment. Today Malyia has a new set of artificial legs that she uses to walk.
If you or a loved one have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence or misconduct of a hospital, doctor, nurse, or other health professional, you could seek financial compensation for your damages with a medical malpractice claim. You need St. Louis’ best medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our attorneys at our downtown St. Louis firm for a free no-obligation consultation.