The article titled "Parents Assail Malpractice Caps After Daughter's Death at UCLA Hospital," published by Los Angeles Times discusses the death of Olivia Cull, a 17-year old girl who slipped into a coma during a routine outpatient procedure to correct a defect in her heart. Attorney Jin Lew agreed to take the case pro bono as many lawyers did not consider the case worth pursuing due to the state cap on damages. The firm conducted an investigation which tookover a year to complete and included several depositions of UCLA's chief attending physicians and nurses. The firm found that the set of Olivia's medical records initially provided was incomplete and a doctor-in-training handled Olivia without an attending doctor's supervision. Additionally, UCLA physicians failed to perform timely chest compressions in response to Olivia's arrest.
UCLA hospital officials agreed to pay the Cull family $250,000, the maximum allowed under the cap, and instituted at least eight corrections in their patient care protocols to prevent similar incidents from recurring. UCLA also issued a letter of apology acknowledging their responsibility for Olivia's death. On January 20, 2011, Olivia's case was presented at hearings on medical malpractice reforms before the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.