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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Rancho Los Amigos

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 9:03am PST

A $2.3 million settlement has been proposed regarding a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed against Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. The suit was filed on behalf of a patient who was treated at the facility more than a year ago. R. Vasquez was admitted to the facility for rehabilitation and has since filed a suit (in 2010) against the treatment center for the care – or lack thereof – that he received while he was a patient there.

According to reports and legal documents, the patient was released from the rehabilitation center upon approval from its staff members around the holiday season. R. Vasquez was discharged to spend time with his family, and the care staff at the facility approved the time away from the rehabilitation center. However, the discharge came shortly after the patient had fallen in one of the facility's bathrooms. While it is reported that thorough evaluations of the patient were conducted to ensure that he did not suffer from any form of injury, later events would suggest otherwise.

While at home, Vasquez showed signs of bleeding in the brain and he suffered from the symptoms of such an injury. Despite the tests that were performed to determine whether or not the patient suffered from any type of brain injury, the trauma was not identified and the patient was released to his family's home only to suffer from bleeding to the brain. Now, Mr. Vasquez is suing Los Angeles County, which runs the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. The lawsuit centers around claims of medical malpractice, which highlight the staff's negligence and failure to sufficiently conduct a thorough assessment of the patient's symptoms prior to releasing him on discharge.

The lawsuit has already cost the county more than $100,000 in legal costs and it stands to owe much more if the suit is successful in its claims. Furthermore, county officials of health are now working on devising plans to correct future mistakes such as the recent one involving R. Vasquez. Unfortunately, no matter what they come up with it will be too little too late for Mr. Vasquez and the many other like him who have already wrongfully suffered at the hands of a negligent medical professional whose acts of omission created personal injury or illness for the patients they were treating.

If you have been physically injured or your health has suffered adversely in any way at the hands of a healthcare provider who was meant to be treating your symptoms not exacerbating them, you may have viable reason to file a medical malpractice claim. A North Carolina personal injury lawyer from the Lanier Law Group, P.A. can help the victims of personal injury and medical malpractice anywhere in the state. When your health is on the line, do not wait to contact a North Carolina medical malpractice attorney from the firm as soon as possible.

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