Daughter Blames Kaiser for Mom’s Heart Attack Death
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A heart attack turned fatal after doctors told a patient to drive to the emergency room, her daughter claims in Sacramento County Superior Court.
Alexandra Wilson sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Dignity Health, two doctors and four individuals for wrongful death.
According to the lawsuit, Wilson’s mother Andria Quinnell was seen at Kaiser’s Fair Oaks Boulevard facility in Sacramento last March.
The complaint states: “The EKG showed that Andria was having an inferior MI. After consulting with Dr. Kapinya in cardiology, Dr. Montoya told Andria that she could drive herself to the emergency room at Kaiser’s Morse Avenue hospital. Dr. Kapinya told Dr. Montoya that it was OK for Andria to drive herself to Morse Avenue if she was not then experiencing chest pain. The Morse Avenue hospital did not offer the services and the treatment Andria Quinnell needed,” the complaint states.
“Andria left the Fair Oaks clinic and drove to the Morse Avenue hospital and collapsed at the ER check in window while waiting in line. After unnecessary delay, Andria was eventually transferred to (non-Kaiser) Mercy General Hospital, she had no detectable blood pressure or pulse on arrival. Mercy was unsuccessful in treating Andria. Andria was pronounced dead one hour after transfer from Kaiser Morse to Mercy General,”the complaint continues (parentheses added).
Alexandra Wilson seeks compensatory damages and prejudgment interest. She is represented by Jeffrey Jacobs of the Jacobs Law Group in Sacramento.