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Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Man Suffers Stroke at Fountain Valley Hospital

Garcia & Artigliere

Fountain Valley, Calif. — Michael Niski was admitted to Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital on July 7, 2017 after suffering symptoms of a stroke at his home. After being emergently rushed to Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital and seeking the care to be expected which included medicines to combat the effect of stroke if timely provided, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital basically warehoused Niski and ignored his emergent conditions until it was too late and the damage was done.

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital for elder abuse.

“Michael required more care and interventions to prevent injury than Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital would provide,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “The horrific injury allegedly suffered by Michael at the hands of Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is yet another example of the inherently dangerous, yet all too common practice of understaffing and underfunding at medical facilities.”

Allegations and Background

The lawsuit states that at approximately 7:30 a.m. on July 7, 2017, Niski’s wife called 911 to have her husband taken to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of a stroke. Niski was admitted to Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, had blood work done, and at 1:00 p.m. the same day, the facility’s staff allegedly stated that Niski could be discharged, despite multiple protests by Niski’s wife, who repeatedly stated that his speech was slurred, incoherent, and his eye was drooping.

About half an hour later, the lawsuit states that Niski was admitted to Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital. For many hours, Niski’s wife allegedly requested to speak with a doctor about her husband’s condition, but was constantly ignored. Around 6:00 p.m., Niski’s wife approached a nursing station and threatened to have her husband transferred to a different hospital so that he could be properly treated.

According to the lawsuit, when a doctor finally spoke to Niski’s wife, the doctor told her that they would observe Niski overnight and at 9:00 p.m. Niski’s wife went home, believing her husband was being properly treated.

At 12:30 a.m. on July 8, 2017, a sheriff allegedly knocked at Niski’s home to tell her that Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital was attempting to reach her and that she should contact them. When she called the hospital, the staff told her that they were sending Niski to California Pacific Medical Center because it had been discovered that he had suffered a stroke.

The lack of staff and care at Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital led to the deterioration of and irreversibility of the stroke suffered by Niski.


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