Dr. Keith P. Blair became a victim of medical negligence when he was admitted to the hospital at the age of 86 to diagnose the source of his back pain. At the time, he had some short-term memory problems, but he was able to follow the news, sports, and his favorite tv shows, as well as take care of all of his physical needs.
Pauline Tavares, 79, was admitted to a hospital with encephalitis and was given medication to control her anxiety. The next morning, a nurse fed Pauline, but when her doctor came by at noon he said the nurse, “Probably shouldn’t have done that,” because of Pauline’s condition and the medication she had taken.
Elizabeth Nicks was a 12-year-old cheerleader. One day, during an aerial move, she fell to the ground when her fellow cheerleaders lost their grip. A spotter was not in the proper position to catch her.
In October 2009, Patricia Roland of Thousand Oaks underwent heart surgery at age 57 to replace her mitral valve, which helps regulate the flow of blood from one chamber of the heart to the next. The procedure proved troublesome from start to finish.
Cali Andrist was a 58-year-old woman with mental disability.
In 2012, she woke with terrible stomach pain, and that evening her brother, Eric who was her full-time caregiver, took her to the ER at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA. After she revived a CT scan, doctors admitted her with what they thought was a small bowel obstruction.
He was a father of two with a new RN certification. But without warning, Doug Shelby found himself in a medical emergency. Late one night in December 2006, Shelby was rushed to an emergency room not far from his LA County home. He felt like his “stomach had exploded.” His abdomen was distended.
Although he was a gifted athlete who excelled at basketball, John Ritchie suffered from a heart condition for over a decade.