Man Suffers Fatal Head Injury at Glendale Hospital
Glendale, Calif. – Eager to bring in newer and higher-paying patients and in an effort to reduce labor costs, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center wrongfully displaced Carlos Rodriguez, causing him to sustain a serious head injury that ultimately led to his death.
“Carlos checked into the hospital to receive treatment and, unfortunately, he was not given the attention he was promised,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “The understaffing and profit-driven decisions the facility made continually put Rodriguez’s health and safety at risk.”
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit accusing Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center of elder abuse, negligence and wrongful death. According to the lawsuit, Rodriguez was admitted to the hospital on March 21, 2016, with back pain and an inability to walk. The hospital staff and administration were well aware that his condition put him at a high risk for falling, but neither the staff nor the administration put any precautions in place to protect his health. When Rodriguez arrived, his daughter was told he would have to spend the night for testing and he was transferred to the ICU. The hospital performed tests related to Rodriguez’s complaints of back pains.
The hospital discharged Rodriguez from the ICU, where he was receiving adequate monitoring, to a room with little to no available supervision, where he was left fully unattended. On March 24, 2016, Rodriguez’s daughter received a phone call that her father was dead, but no other explanation was given. When the daughter arrived at the hospital, she found Rodriguez with a swollen and bruised forehead. Staff continued to lie to Rodriguez’s daughter, ignoring the severity of the situation.
Later, Rodriguez’s family was informed that he had suffered a fall and was found in a pool of his own urine. It was discovered that Rodriguez’s bed rails were not up, and that he was on morphine while left completely unattended. Rodriguez had pressed his call button for assistance getting to the bathroom; however, the hospital was short of staff, and there was never any response, so he attempted to go by himself. In so doing, he fell and suffered a fatal head injury.