Patient Goes Missing Due to Facility's Negligence
Sun Valley, Calif. – The facility which accepted responsibility for the welfare and 24-hour supervision of Kasey Lucious is being held accountable for her going missing for several days. Despite her Huntington’s disease diagnosis, Pacifica Hospital of the Valley discharged Lucious and allowed her to ride in a taxi unsupervised, which resulted in her going missing and without care for several days causing irreparable physical and mental harm.
Garcia & Artigliere is suing Pacifica Hospital of the Valley for abuse, negligence, and lack of supervision. According to the lawsuit, the facility accepted responsibility for Lucious’ care, fully aware that she had a diminished mental capacity, could harm herself and was prone to wandering. Her family gave detailed accounts of her past behaviors, such as drinking bleach, which were driving factors in their seeking professional care for Lucious.
“The facility was understaffed, caregivers lacked proper training and they should have never accepted responsibility for Kasey,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “They also did not have the necessary resources to provide the care she required, and instead, abandoned a mentally disabled patient.”
The day that Lucious was discharged to another facility, Pacifica Hospital of the Valley failed to notify her family or call a medical transport but instead put her in a taxi. When the cab driver arrived at the new facility, the taxi driver was unaware of Luscious’ mental condition and dropped off at the curb. Lucious did not go into the new facility, but wandered away. Later that day, her family contacted Pacifica Hospital of the Valley to check on her, at which time staff informed them she was put in a cab at approximately 2 p.m., but that she did not make it to the new facility.
Her family contacted police, who found Lucious days later, urinating near a bus stop. She was transported to the hospital, where someone recognized her as the missing woman who had appeared in news reports. After being lost for several days without nourishment, supervision, hydration or medical care, Lucious’ mental condition has substantially deteriorated; she now displays erratic behavior and suffers from depression.