LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a $2.8 million settlement for a women who alleged that her son should have been delivered by caesarian section at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Guadalupe Fernandez arrived at the hospital some time on March 21, 2008 and gave birth in the early morning hours of March 23, 2008 to a baby boy.
Her son was diagnosed with neurological injuries and Fernandez, who was 18 at the time, sued the county on his behalf.
The plaintiff’s attorney was unavailable today to provide further details or comment.
The board also agreed to pay $16,208 in Medi-Cal charges on Fernandez’ behalf and to waive hospital costs of $19,455.
Records show that the county has incurred more than $110,000 in legal costs, including attorney fees, in the case so far.
Additional training on fetal heart rate monitoring was given to both doctors and nurses following the incident.
The county-run hospital performed better than national benchmarks in a survey of complications related to births, according to county officials.