$125K Federal Medical Malpractice Settlement For 7-Year-Old’s Amputated Thumb

162017_132140396847214_292624_nThe United States government has agreed to settle a federal medical malpractice case filed for the loss of a 7-year-old’s left thumb in 2011, allegedly as a result of medical malpractice at an acute care clinic run by the U.S. Navy. The little girl’s thumb had to amputated after her medical care at the Navy clinic on August 12, 2011 caused the circulation in her thumb to become impaired, leading to the death of her thumb that required partial amputation.

The child had injured the tip of her left thumb in a car door. She was brought to the acute care clinic, where the medical staff performed a nerve block and sutured the injury, before applying a compression wrap and discharging the child to home. The mother’s federal medical malpractice lawsuit (federal tort claim) alleged that the compression wrap acted like a tourniquet that caused the loss of proper circulation to the thumb.

The child complained to her mother the following day that the compression wrap was too tight, at which time the mother removed the compression wrap and replaced it with a looser fitting gauze dressing. The mother brought her child back to the clinic on August 15, 16, and 17th. On the 17th, a clinic doctor diagnosed necrosis of the pulp, which ultimately led to the child having her left thumb amputated on August 24, 2011.

The little girl was left-handed at the time of her injury and she had to learn to write with her right hand. Her fine motor skills have been affected, which may prevent her from achieving her goal of becoming a corpsman in the U.S. military. The now 11-year-old has had to explain to inquiring friends and strangers how she lost her thumb, sometimes making up stories that sound more interesting. Schoolmates have not been kind to her, sometimes acting in mean ways that have hurt her feelings; she will have to live with the loss of her thumb for the rest of her life.

The federal medical malpractice lawsuit was filed after a clinic nurse failed to admit wrongdoing in the treatment of the little girl’s thumb. The plaintiff sought $2 million in damages in her Federal Tort Claims Act filing. The case was settled for $125,000, which a federal judge approved on May 27, 2015.

The girl will ultimately receive $99,542 from the settlement that provides for lump sum payments to the child at the ages of 18, 21, and 25. The plaintiff’s attorney will receive $31,250 from the settlement proceeds along with $20,831 for litigation expenses.


If you or a loved one suffered injury (or worse) as a result of medical malpractice at a federal medical facility, you should promptly consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state who handles Federal Tort Claims Act claims, who may investigate your federal medical malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a federal tort claim action, if appropriate.

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