The settlement with former patient of L.A. County/USC Medical Center, Justin Malone, also calls for his $790,000 in treatment costs to be waived and for the county to cover the approximately $200,000 he would have been forced to repay MediCal.
According to the facts of the case, Malone was a hardwood floor installer in 2010 when he was involved in a motorcycle crash. He was treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a ruptured aorta. The surgery involved repairing a stent-graft. Just over a year later, Malone collapsed during a basketball game and was taken to the L.A. County/USC Medical Center emergency room. He was admitted to the hospital.
The lawsuit explains that Malone was screaming in pain and had little to no sensation in his lower limbs. His condition deteriorated over two days before doctors discovered that a clot has cut circulation off to his legs. He underwent surgery to repair the stent but the surgery was too late to avoid paralysis.
It is thought that the blame, in part, can be placed on the fact that there were so many medical professionals involved in Malone’s care over such a lengthy period of time.
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