On February 19, 2006, 24-year-old Emily Rice was in a drunken-driving crash which caused her spleen to rupture and liver slashed. Rice later bled to death in her Denver cell.
Rice was initially taken to Denver Health Medical Center complaining about shoulder and abdomen injuries. The primary-care nurse and physician did not follow up with an immediate exam of her stomach before she was transferred to the jail.
Since then, Rice’s parents have sued both the hospital and the jail due to their daughter’s complaints beign ignored which ultimately caused her death. Recently, Denver Health Medical Center has been cited for the failure of diagnosing and treating Emily Rice.
Medical malpractice actions can be brought by the injured patient or families of the patient against any responsible licensed health care provider, including doctors, counselors, psychologists and psychotherapists.
Under Colorado law, the limits on Malpractice damages can not exceed $1 million.
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