WOMEN OF COLOR are disproportionately harmed by California’s outdated limits on compensation for patients injured by medical negligence. Systemic inequities in our health care system mean women of color receive lower quality health care and contend with worse health outcomes. Then the cap deprives them of justice when they seek answers and accountability.
With regular prenatal visits and no morning sickness, weight gain, or complications, Kimberly had no reason to expect any issues during the delivery of her highly anticipated baby boy.
Misty Parker is a nurse and an educator. Misty led a very active, normal life. She lifted weights and took care of herself because she understands the role fitness plays in maintaining good health.
Misty did her research and put a lot of thought into her decision to have a breast augmentation. She had met with two other people who had the same surgery.
Richard Johnson was a natural with computers. At 23, he was a talented software specialist and planned to relocate to Texas to move up in the tech world. He was a social butterfly and had a large circle of friends. His mother, Denise, describes him as an understanding listener and hysterically funny.
Shilpa Airy was an entrepreneur and research scientist who ran a successful biotech consulting business in San Francisco. She worked with many of the top researchers and physicians around the world. She was a leader in her field and devoted her career to developing medications to treat or cure diseases.
Shawn Washington was a mentor to his siblings and summer campers, a talented photographer and musician, and an expecting father. He lived with his grandmother to help take care of her and supported his parents financially. A quiet leader, he was beloved within his community.
Medical malpractice insurance premiums increased more quickly in states that enacted caps than in states that did nothing.
People of Color Disproportionately Harmed by Medical Negligence & Limits on Compensation
In 1975, the legislature placed a series of limits on injured patients’ legal rights. Most prominent among the law’s restrictions was a $250,000 cap on non-economic or quality of life compensation for patients harmed by medical negligence.
By Elizabeth Christian, BAKERSFIELD NOW
June 20, 2020
Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX)- A tragic case that happened a year ago claimed the life of 23-year-old Demi Dominguez. Dominguez gave birth to a baby boy and later bled to death. The baby was declared brain dead and he didn't survive either.