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$19,000 Settlement in Seattle Jail’s Failure to Treat Ectopic Pregnancy

Washington State’s King County paid $18,968.71 to settle the medical negligence suit of Sherrie Hoit, who claimed medical personnel at Department of Adult and Juvenile detention failed to timely diagnose her ectopic pregnancy; to timely refer her for obstetric examination; to act upon her complaints of pain, bleeding and “multiple somatic complaints”; and to provide early chemical abortifacient such as Methotrexate to induce release of ectopic mass and preserve her fallopian tube.

Hoit first began experiencing pain and vaginal bleeding on February 21, 2001. A week later she positively tested for being pregnant. She continued to experience problems, which got worse, sending in kites for medical care. Staff began tearing them up, telling her they would write her up for harassing them. On March 24, she was sent to a hospital where she underwent emergency for a mini-laparotomy and right salpingectomy. This caused scarring, loss of her fallopian tube, a decrease in ability to procreate, and pain and suffering.

Represented by Spokane attorney Keith S. Douglas, Hoit settled the matter for $12,000 in damages and $6,988.71 in costs. The documents related to this claim are available on PLN’s website. See: Hoit v. King County, et al., King Co. Supr. Ct., No. 03-2-40422-5 SEA (2004).

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Hoit v. King County, et al.

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