A man who suffered the traumatic amputation of a finger on July 4, 2020, has filed suit against the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center claiming they “negligently misplaced and lost” the finger. Leon Henry Gibson III filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging “professional negligence.”
The complaint does not explain the circumstances leading to the amputation, nor does it explain where the finger was allegedly “misplaced.” As explained in the complaint:
- On July 4, 2020, at approximately 11 :07 p.m., Mr. Gibson was transported by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Emergency Room and Hospital for partial traumatic amputation of his right hand. Defendant County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s paramedics and defendant HARBOR-UCLA’s emergency room staff negligently misplaced and lost plaintiff LEON HENRY GIBSON Ill’s severed finger.
- Accordingly, the finger could not be re-attached.
- [D]efendants, and each of them, negligently failed to exercise the proper degree of knowledge and skill in examining, diagnosing, treating, and caring for plaintiff and caused plaintiff to suffer the injuries and damages hereinafter alleged, including but not limited to the permanent loss of his finger.
- Defendants and each of them breached their duty to plaintiff LEON HENRY GIBSON III to provide skillful management of his body, health condition and injury, including but not limited to observation, examination, testing, diagnosis, care and treatment.
- Plaintiff is informed and believes and therefore alleges that said injuries would not have occurred if not for the negligence of defendants.
Here is a copy of the complaint: