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Medical malpractice lawsuit resolved

Regular readers will recall that in our previous Covington medical malpractice blog post, we described a trial over the death of a young doctor at a Pennsylvania hospital. The 26-year-old died of a brain hemorrhage at Geisinger Medical Center.

In an ironic twist, the young doctor was supposed to start her pediatric residency at a facility owned by the company that also owns the medical center where she died. Her family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the company, alleging a breakdown in communication at the center was among the errors that caused her death. The two sides recently announced a settlement in the case.

The announcement brought a swift end to a trial that had been expected to last for weeks, a newspaper report stated. Terms of the settlement are private.

The young doctor's father said the trial, even in its truncated form, was "difficult and painful." He said outside the courtroom that the family is relieved that the case has been resolved and that they are looking forward to resuming their lives.

He said he and his wife will go home to their memories of their daughter and "regroup."

While it's unlikely that we will ever know the terms of the settlement, we can be sure that the family and their attorneys would not have agreed to settle the case if they were not satisfied with the terms. We can only hope that the mother and father do indeed regroup and resume their lives, despite their enormous loss.

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