Lawsuit Filed: Dependent Adult Man Suffers Severe Neglect
San Bernardino, Calif. – Robert Beeks, a dependent adult suffering from a history of diabetes and end-stage renal disease, was admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center for a second kidney transplant. Over the course of Beek’s stay in the hospital, consisting of 42 days and encompassing approximately 142 shifts of personnel, he suffered from severe stage IV pressure ulcers, catheter-related urinary tract infections, lung injury due to medical care with venous catheter placement as well as other injuries. Due to the severity of his condition, Beeks was placed in a medically induced coma and during that period, it’s alleged the hospital continued to wrongfully withhold care, which led to the development and worsening of pressure sores throughout his body and an infected wound at his surgical transplant site, requiring Beeks to undergo a debridement and placement of a wound vacuum.
Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Loma Linda University Medical Center for dependent adult abuse and loss of consortium.
“In an effort to fraudulently conceal its neglect of Robert, Loma Linda University Medical Center failed to report his completely avoidable pressure sores, infections, and other injuries,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “The hospital took this course recognizing fully that if they did report the injuries as required by law, they would not get paid. This directly points to hospital management and staff placing improper profit over the needs of its patients.”
Allegations and Background
On June 13, 2017, Beeks underwent a second kidney transplant at Loma Linda University Medical Center. After the operation, he developed a urinary tract infection from his catheter.
On June 22, 2017, Beeks suffered septic shock. Further testing revealed a severe infection and a large accumulation of secretion in his lungs. He was then transferred to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where he was intubated and started on antibiotics.
On July 1, 2017, Beeks was extubated without adequate readiness testing by the hospital’s nursing staff. Unfortunately, he was not able for independent breathing and suffered severely low blood pressure levels due to the treatment failure.
On or about July 4, 2017, Beeks was placed in a medically induced coma. During that period, it’s alleged he was wrongfully withheld care required to prevent the development and worsening of pressure sores. Consequently, Beeks developed severe wounds throughout his body, including a severe Stage IV coccyx ulcer. Beeks also developed an infected wound at his surgical transplant site requiring him to undergo a debridement and placement on a wound vacuum.
On July 25, 2017, Beeks was discharged from the hospital where he discovered his injuries.
The lawsuit asserts the hospital consistently failed to properly, and in accordance with the standard of practice, evaluate Beeks’ clinical condition and pressure ulcer and infection risk factors; define and implement interventions consistent with his needs, individual goals and recognized standards of practice; monitor and evaluate the impact of the interventions; or revise the interventions as appropriate. It’s alleged the hospital consciously disregarded these risks and failed to provide Beeks with required care, leading directly to his injuries.