A $5.5 million settlement has been reached in a medical malpractice suit brought against Los Angeles County by the family of a girl who suffered head trauma during a cheerleading stunt. Elizabeth Nicks was taken to County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after falling from a human pyramid in August 2007. The lawsuit claims that during her stay, her subdural hematoma grew in size, but doctors failed to order a final CT scan before discharging her. The hematoma caused “massive brain damage, retardation and paralysis,” the suit says. According to the lawsuit, if doctors had performed the CT scan, they would have seen the growing hematoma and operated on it.
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