Lawsuit Filed: Man Dies as a Result of Elder Abuse and Negligence in Los Angeles Hospital

Los Angeles, Calif. — Harry Harutyun Tangikyan was found unconscious and without a pulse in a parking lot, and transported to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s intensive care unit. There the primary concern of the hospital should have been immediate and proper assessment of Harry’s condition. Instead it appears that the hospital’s staff was spread out too thin and they just did not have time to care for Tangikyan’s needs and failed to properly evaluate his condition. As a result of the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s alleged neglect, Tangikyan suffered in a severe pressure sore, recurring cardiac arrests, blood clotting, respiratory failure, pneumonia and more, which were the proximate cause of his death on April 22, 2017.

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center for elder abuse.

“Harry was placed in Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center to provide the constant supervision and care necessary for someone in his condition – not to allow him to suffer at the hands of incompetent and fraudulent medical staff,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Sadly, as a result of the failure of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center to care for and protect Harry, he suffered horrendous injuries and later passed away. Harry 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 Tangikyan, a 49-year-old male with significant medical conditions, including morbid obesity, hypertension and diabetes, was admitted to the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s intensive care unit immediately after suffering full cardiac arrest.

According to the lawsuit, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s staff flat out ignored Tangikyan’s needs and failed to properly evaluate his condition over the course of his 36-day stay. It’s alleged that as a result of the hospital’s negligence, Tangikyan’s stay at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was unnecessarily prolonged due to recurrent cardiac arrests, multiple organ failure, recurrent infections and deep-vein blood clots, which were entirely preventable had Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center complied with all applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations governing the operation of a general acute care hospital.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center also allegedly failed to inform Tangikyan’s family about the development and worsening of his injuries in a timely manner, and concealed these conditions, untruthfully representing the scope, nature and cause of the injuries. The lawsuit states that Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s neglect was so pervasive that Tangikyan became dependent upon PEG tubes for feeding and tracheostomy tubes for breathing.

Unfortunately, the lawsuit alleges that Tangikyan’s injuries were too much for him to bear, and his health rapidly declined. Tangikyan passed away on April 22, 2017, about a month after his admission.