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10-27-17 Defense Verdict For Hospital Client
Elder Abuse / Medical Negligence Case
Involving Pressure Ulcers / Injury
Unanimous Defense Verdict After
1-Hour Jury Deliberation
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Defense: Pressure sores due to unavoidable medical conditions
Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA
On March 18, 2016, plaintiff Gevorg Haroutunyan, 81, a retiree, was placed on BiPAP therapy at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in Los Angeles, after there was no response to progressive respiratory therapy and oxygenation methods were unsuccessful. Haroutunyan was previously admitted to the emergency department at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center for a humeral fracture to the right arm on March 15, 2016, which was one day before his 81st birthday. The fracture occurred at home, where… (Click here to see full verdict)
Cecille L. Hester will be co-presenting with Sandra Higelin at The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) on Friday November 11, 2016 Session 9. The presentation will cover Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse in Healthcare Institutions and Mandated Reporting Law. For detailed information click here.
Cecille L. Hester has been invited to speak at the SCAHRM 35th Annual Educational Conference at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa on Thursday, May 7th, 2015. She'll be speaking at the 11:10 a.m. session entitled “From Bedside Caregiver to Criminal Defendant ‐ What You Need to Know About Mandated Abuse Reporting.” Co‐presenting with Cecille are Mary De Los Reyes and Gary Lincenberg.
Published 10-08-14 by DRI
Cecille L. Hester and Brian L. Hoffman
DRI members Cecille L. Hester of Fonda, Hester & Associates, LLP in Los Angeles, California, and Brian L. Hoffman of Wood Smith Henning & Berman in Los Angeles, California, obtained a defense verdict in an elder abuse and wrongful death suit against health care providers that arose out of the medical care and treatment of a patient. The plaintiff, the patient&rsqup;s daughter, additionally claimed denial of access to her mother beginning in May 2008 up to and including the time of her mother&rsqup;s death in February 2009.
The elder abuse claim had been removed from the case by defendants' demurrer and summary judgment prior to the trial. Several defendants' motions for summary judgment were granted. The trial proceeded on the issues of wrongful death for medical negligence as to defendant, Kelly Yepremian, M.D., who was represented by Mr. Hoffman, and as to intentional infliction of emotional distress as to defendants, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, which was represented by Ms. Hester.
The decedent had executed an advance healthcare directive which gave specific instructions regarding her end of life care. The plaintiff was not the surrogate decision‐maker appointed by her mother and did not agree with her mother's end of life healthcare decisions. She claimed that she was not allowed to visit her mother in the hospital and that certain nursing staff and others had threatened her with arrest if she set foot on the hospital premises. The defendants contended that the plaintiff came to the hospital on three separate occasions and was allowed to visit her mother but became verbally abusive to staff and was disruptive of the unit. Defense noted that the plaintiff and her husband were escorted from the hospital premises one evening as a result of a disturbance they had created in one of the medical units. There was a long-standing history of disputes between the plaintiff and her sisters regarding the mother's care, and the mother left a large estate in trust which was the focus of plaintiff's efforts to recover damages. As to the wrongful death claim against Dr. Yepremian, the plaintiff contended that her mother's medical care was below the standard of care and was a substantial factor in the demise of plaintiff's mother.
The jury returned a defense verdict for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Kelly Yepremian, M.D.
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