Civil Rights/Medical Malpractice-Brain Injury $2.2 Million Settlement (California 2012)

Civil Rights/Medical Malpractice

Conal Doyle obtained a $2.2 million dollar settlement on behalf of an undocumented alien who contracted a brain infection while in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff. The plaintiff was a Sri Lankan national who escaped the civil war in Sri Lanka and sought asylum in the United States. While his asylum petition was pending, he was detained, had a seizure, and was transported to a local hospital where his condition was not timely diagnosed and treated. As a result, he suffered permanent brain damage. The plaintiff sought to hold the County and local hospital responsible for “deliberate indifference” and medical negligence. The case was litigated for four years, in both federal and state court, and more than 25 expert depositions were taken. Case costs were approximately $200,000. The case settled on the eve of trial for a combined $2.2 million from the County, hospital, and emergency room physician.

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