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Hospital Being Blamed Fatal Nursing Error

Contra Costa Times

Hospital being blamed FATAL NURSING ERROR Nurses and health care workers conduct a candlelight vigil Sunday outside the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. California Nurses Association workers have been locked out of their jobs since conducting a one-day strike Thursday Striking workers say hiring temporary replacement killed patient By Sean Maher and Jeanine Benca Staff Writer OAKLAND - The 66-year-old woman who died at a hospital after receiving care from a temporary replacement nurs ... Read More View PDF

Hospital Hit in Negligence Suit

The National Law Journal

$59M VERDICT In a rare outcome, the doctor is cleared. By Peter Page SPECIAL TO THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL A JURY IN CALIFORNIA has awarded $59.3 million to a 3-year-old girl left gravely disabled at birth after finding the hospital where she was born negligent, but not the obstetrician who supervised the delivery. The jury decided the hospital must pay $6.43 million now to generate the estimated $49 million cost of caring for the girl, Caitlin Greenwell, for the 62 years she is estimated to live, ... Read More View PDF

Hospital Told to Pay $59M to 3-Year-Old

Contra Costa Times

By Claire Booth TIMES STAFF WRITER MARTINEZ — A jury found John Muir Medical Center negligent and awarded $59.3 million to the family of a Bay Point toddler injured during birth at the hospital. Caitlin Greenwell has severe cerebral palsy because of actions nurses took just before her birth, said the family’s attorney, Bruce Fagel. In order to generate that $59.3 million over the next 62 years that Caitlin is estimated to live, the jury decided the hospital will have to pay an actual ... Read More View PDF

Injured Tot, Family to get $4.5 Million

Contra Costa Times

By Claire Booth TIMES STAFF WRITER MARTINEZ — An Antioch woman and her daughter will receive $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit against Contra Costa County and its medical center. Aaryah Saxton-Lucas suffered severe brain injuries when she was born at Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in September 1998. Her mother, Elizabeth Saxton, sued the county, which earlier this year acknowledged its liability. Aaryah, now 2½ years old, will need 24-hour medical care for the rest of he ... Read More View PDF

Woman in Coma to get Medical Bills Paid

Contra Costa Times

Blue Cross overturns medical group’s decision — at least for now By Julia Appleby - Staff Writer After more than a month of worrying and waiting and dealing with lawyers, Maleck Manteghi finally knows he’ll be able to take care of his comatose wife, at least for a little while. Manteghi learned Thursday that Blue Cross will overturn a decision made by a local medical group to deny payment for his brain-damaged wife’s nursing home care. “That is certainly good news,& ... Read More View PDF

Family will sue Kaiser over woman’s coma

Contra Costa Times

Guity Manteghi lapsed into a coma following a heart problem more than a year ago because her doctors failed to tell her about the condition or properly treat it, according to a lawsuit expected to be filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court today. The 39-year-old Walnut Creek woman had three electrocardiograms indicating she had heart abnormalities before her heart failed on Jan. 6, 1996, according to the suit, which was outlined by the family and their lawyer at a press conference Thursday. ... Read More View PDF