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Two Harbor-UCLA medical negligence cases settled for $4 million

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Two Harbor-UCLA Medical Center negligence cases from 2008 and 2009 have been settled for a sum of $4 million.

A deal approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gives $3.5-million to former patient Juana Montoya who suffered a stroke after giving birth, and $650,000 to Brandon Gill who sought medical attention after a head injury at work, reports the L.A. Times.

Montoya delivered a baby at the Torrance-area facility in November 2008. She returned one day after being discharged with bleeding in her brain, and subsequently suffered brain damage. She alleged the hospital did not provide her adequate medical care.

Gill, 27, received medication when he was admitted with a head injury in 2009, and was monitored by hospital staff before ultimately undergoing surgery to reduce pressure inside his skull. He suffered neurological injuries and said the procedure should have happened sooner.

Supervisors approved another pricey medical negligence settlement last year to former Harbor-UCLA patient Amber Dunn who was treated in 2008 after a car accident.

Dunn, according to county documents, suffered an injury to a blood vessel during a diagnostic procedure, which then led to additional complications.

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