Tragic ER Malpractice Case Settles for $10 Million
The family of a 2-year-old whose feet, left hand and part of her right hand were amputated because of a lengthy treatment delay in an emergency room has settled their medical malpractice case for $10 million.
Malyia Jeffers was taken to Methodist Hospital in Sacramento California by her parents when they became concerned about her fever, skin discoloration, and general weakness. In spite of her parents pleas for a doctor, Malyia waited five hours before being seen. By that time, it was too late and amputation was required.
According to the Associated Press, “Malyia was flown to Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Doctors there found that Streptococcus A bacteria had invaded her blood and organs, and they performed the amputations.
Court documents show that most of the money will be placed in a trust for Malyia’s current needs and an annuity that will provide her with $16,932 a month when she turns 18. The monthly payment grows over time, so that by the time Malyia is 30, the monthly payout will be nearly double.”