The State has announced that it would pay $1.25 million to the family of a 14 year-old girl who died while in the State’s care. The girl in the wrongful death suit was a patient in a state mental hospital. When she vomitted several times during the middle of the night, a doctor was called to the check on her condition. However, the doctor failed to perform a physical evaluation and failed to diagnose the intestinal blockage that ultimately led to the girl’s death. In addition, even though the doctor ordered that the girl be checked on periodically throughout the night, neglect by the hospital staff left the girl unmonitored for as long as four hours.
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