The family of a 24 year old woman who suffered severe brain damage has settled with the State University Medical Center for $7.3 million.
The woman went to the hospital as she recovered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. The hospital ignored signs of respiratory distress which resulted in oxygen being cut off to her brain and subsequent brain damage.
The family sued for medical malpractice. They settled with the physician last year for $2 million and while the hospital admitted liability, their offer to settle last year of close to $2 million was rejected by the family. The woman will need ongoing 24-hour nursing care for the rest of her life as the result of the hospital’s negligence. Today, the settlement was finalized for $7.3 million which the family indicated will allow them to care for their daughter for the rest of her life.