Hagens Berman represents the family of Sahana Ramesh, a 16-year-old girl who tragically died while under the care of Seattle Children’s Hospital. If you or your loved one has experienced discrimination or negligence, you may have rights under the law. Fill out the form to find out more »

Case Status
Practice Areas
Superior Court for the State of Washington, King County
Case Number
22-2-16356-9 SEA
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Children’s University Medical Group
John and Jane Does 1-10
File Date


Between November 2020 and February 2021, the family of Sahana Ramesh repeatedly raised concerns to physicians, staff and nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) regarding the persistence of Sahana’s symptoms, which included severe illness and rash which progressed to liver complications and high heart rate. During her care at SCH, Sahana showed clear symptoms of Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and System Symptoms (DRESS) following drugs prescribed by SCH, yet SCH disregarded her family’s repeated concerns. On Feb. 12, 2021, 16-year-old Sahana collapsed and died at home following continued DRESS complications, which induced fatal myocarditis. Attorneys have since uncovered alleged evidence of widespread racism they believe to be the root cause of SCH’s negligence and lack of informed consent.


Hagens Berman’s Seattle personal injury attorneys represent the parents of Sahana Ramesh, a 16-year-old girl who tragically died due to myocarditis while under the care of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her parents, our clients, are of South Asian descent and their native language is Tamil. The lawsuit states, “Despite the number of visits and severity of Sahana’s symptoms, doctors at SCH never admitted her to the hospital or performed any of the simple cardiac testing that would have revealed Sahana’s DRESS [Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms] was affecting her heart. Nor did they provide her parents with the information they needed to make informed decisions about their daughter’s care.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital fought the firm’s request for hospital admissions data related to race, and even sought a protective order that would have prevented it from ever having to prepare or produce a witness on the subject of policies concerning language or cultural barriers between physicians and patients.


Our lawsuit intends to prove that the loss of Sahana Ramesh was a direct result of the hospital’s negligence due in part to discrimination. When our attorneys dug deeper during discovery, they found that one of the physicians who treated Sahana in the hospital’s emergency department had authored two papers revealing racism in medical treatment at SCH. The study revealed that in Seattle Childrens’ ER, patients of color have longer wait times, lower triage acuity scores, lower use of lab orders and more discrepancies putting them at a lower level of care. Another study authored by that doctor called out specifically that patients “who preferred to speak in a language other than English” receive deficient care.

This discrimination caused injuries from the loss of Sahan’s life but also injured the dignity of Sahana, her parents and family members who knew they were not treated the same as white families are treated.


We believe that POC patients have the right to effective healthcare and treatment and that lawsuits have the power to put pressure on the issue to bring about change.

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Motion to Dismiss Denied

On May 16, 2024, Hon. Elizabeth J. Berns issued an order denying Seattle Children’s Hospital’s motion to dismiss WLAD claim, allowing the case to continue. Download the order »

Amended Complaint Filed

On Oct. 3, 2023, plaintiffs file a proposed amended complaint for professional negligence and discrimination, and a motion requesting leave to amend.

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