Earlier this month, a verdict exceeding $233,000 was awarded in a medical malpractice action against the St. Mary's Subregional Clinic and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation ("YKHC") in Alaska.
A mother initiated the matter, through her attorney, Michele Power, at the Power and Brown law firm in Alaska, after inadequate medical care caused her 14 month old son to develop sepsis.
Following trial, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska determined the YKHC physician assistant who treated the child violated the applicable standard of care. The applicable standard of care required the physician assistant to incise and drain an abscess on the child. Instead of incising and draining the abscess, the physician assistant simply sent the child home with medication. As a result, the 14 month old child developed sepsis. To treat the child extensive medical treatment, including hospitalization, was required.