A Los Angeles woman has filed a California medical malpractice lawsuit
after emergency room doctors caused more harm than good following a hand injury,
The Facts of the Case
According to the lawsuit, Mayra Cerna was treated in the emergency room
of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center for a hand laceration after
her right hand broke through a glass pane on a kitchen cabinet. Cerna
alleges that the treating physician failed to recognize that a piece of
glass remained in her hand, ultimately causing permanent loss of sensation
and movement of her dominant right hand.
According to the complaint, the defendant ER doctor belittled Cerna’s
complaints of pain, ignored her request for an X-ray, and failed to assess
her hand and finger function before suturing her lacerations and discharging
her from the hospital.
Cerna also claims that the doctors who treated her when she returned to
the hospital to have her sutures removed also ignored her signs and symptoms
of nerve damage. According to the complaint, when she told them that she
was experiencing a loss of sensation in parts of her hand, the doctors
began to rapidly manipulate her wrist and hand forward and backward. During
this manipulation, Cerna alleges that she heard a loud popping noise and
was immediately unable to move her right thumb, index finger and middle finger.
Subsequent X-rays revealed the presence of a “triangular-shaped piece
of glass” inside her wrist, the suit says. A hand surgeon later
removed the piece of glass, which had severed a nerve and two tendons
the control movement of the first three fingers, the suit says.
The Medical Malpractice Claims
Cerna alleges she suffered permanent loss of sensation and movement of
her dominant right hand because the defendants failed to recognize or
investigate the presence of glass in her wrist, despite her repeated requests
for further examination.
She also maintains that the defendants breached the standard of care when
they manipulated her hand and wrist despite her complaints of symptoms
indicative of nerve and tendon damage, the suit says.
Cerna is seeking damages for her past and future medical and therapy expenses,
lost wages, costs of job rehabilitation and retraining, emotional pain
and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.