Indiana Family Settles Medical Malpractice Suit Out of Court
August 10th, 2011|
August 10, 2011
A family can rest a little easier now that their Indiana medical malpractice suit against a Florida-based healthcare company came to an abrupt close less than two weeks ago, with an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount.
The South Bend Tribune reports that the deal was struck hours before a fourth day of testimony in a trial before six jurors. The family was seeking a $10 million settlement against Interim Healthcare Inc., a home healthcare company, for damages the family contends came after a nurse failed to follow proper procedure when a respiration tube became blocked by mucus in the throat of their 2-year-old, who was under the company’s care in 2007.
Rather than clearing the blockage and replacing the tube, the nurse called 911 and waited for more than 10 minutes for paramedics to arrive and care for the child. During this time, the child’s brain didn’t receive oxygen and he suffered severe and permanent brain damage.
According to representatives of the family, “They are glad it is over.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) states that an estimated 225,000 people die each year in the United States because of some form of medical malpractice. Issues from incorrect medicine dosages and misdiagnoses, to surgical errors and judgment mistakes lead to medical malpractice being listed as one of the most common killers in the United States.