The family of Malyia Jeffers has settled for $10 million with a Methodist hospital, after Malyia’s arms and legs had to be partially amputated after waiting for five hours to be treated by emergency room doctors.
According to reports, Malyia’s family first brought her to the hospital last November because she was running a fever and was becoming weaker from a strep infection. However, Malyia was left untreated for five hours while waiting in the hospital waiting room and when she was finally seen by medical personnel, they discovered that she was suffering from septic shock. She was immediately flown to Stanford Medical Hospital, but it was too late because the bacterial bloodstream infection had already devastated her body, resulting in the amputation of her feet, left hand and part of her right hand.
According to reports, the money awarded will go towards her current cost of living and care and the rest will be given to her on a monthly basis when she turns 18 in 2026. This isn’t the first time that a hospital has failed to provide care in a timely manner. For example, in 2008 49-year-old Esmin Green died on the floor of Kings County Hospital Center in New York from blood clots while waiting for medical attention.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.