Garcia & Artigliere Sues Doctors Hospital of West Covina for Wrongful Death

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that Doctors Hospital of West Covina failed to provide a patient, Claudette Hise, with the care she required, leading to severe injuries and ultimately, her death.

When Ms. Hise was admitted to Doctors Hospital of West Covina in 2010, the facility was well aware of the ailments and significant medical conditions she suffered from, including ALS, paralysis of all four limbs, respiratory failure and liver disease. Ms. Hise was checked into the 24-hour skilled nursing facility to help provide care as a result of these ailments; instead, she was regularly neglected. She was only able to communicate by blinking her eyes or moving her toes, and was dependent upon others to perform all activities of daily living for her.

As a result of the neglect and lack of care, Ms. Hise endured several bouts of pneumonia, urinary tract infections, hypotension, malnutrition, a distended abdomen, dehydration, a bloody ulcer in her stomach, bleeding in her eyes and urine, and an infection in her feeding tube, among other medical conditions, which eventually led to her death.

“This level of neglect is unconscionable and unacceptable. Ms. Hise was a person, but was not treated with the respect and dignity she deserved,” said attorney Stephen Garcia.

Between November 2013 and February 2014, Ms. Hise’s severe medical situation was ignored, even as she exhibited various conditions that required immediate attention. These included low blood pressure, a leaking feeding tube, tarry stools, foul-smelling urine and much more. On February 25, Ms. Hise’s condition had deteriorated from the neglect to such an extent that paramedics were called to bring her to a hospital after blood had appeared in both her eyes and urine. After months of continued neglect and abuse, Ms. Hise died on March 19, 2014.