Scott Olsen, Chula Vista
When he was two years old, Steven fell in the woods. He was rushed to the hospital, where penny-pinching medical providers ignored his parents pleas for diagnostic tests and sent him away. His parents, knowing something was wrong, asked repeatedly for a CAT scan but it was denied. Steven returned comatose. The providers who denied his CAT scan had failed to detect a growing brain abscess that left him blind and brain damaged.
A jury awarded Steven $7 million to compensate for him for his lifetime of blindness and disability. However, a compensation cap set in 1975 by California politicians and never adjusted forced the judge to reduce verdict for all that he had lost for his quality of life to $250,000. Both of Steven’s parents have had to quit their jobs to care for him full-time.
The Fairness for Injured Patients Act (FIPA), a proposed ballot measure for the November 2020 California ballot, would update the 45 year-old compensation cap.