Elderly Man Dies When Kaiser Misses Blocked Bowel, Widow Claims
LOS ANGELES (CN) – A woman claims her husband died from a small bowel obstruction because Kaiser ignored his complaints of stomach pain, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Shirley Clark sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, a doctor, and two Kaiser subsidiaries, on behalf of James Clark, who was 77 when he died.
Shirley Clark's lawsuit says James went to Kaiser in mid-November 2015 for stomach pain, abdominal cramps, and vomiting, but the doctor told him his bowel sounded normal, prescribed him some medication, and sent him home.
But two days later James collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with stomach and esophageal bloating from a blockage in his small bowel. A CT scan also showed he had had a small heart attack, according to the complaint.
Though surgeons removed part of the small bowel where the tissue had died from the blockage, James never recovered and died four days after being hospitalized from infection in the small bowel and septic shock.
Shirley claims her husband would still be alive if Kaiser had properly diagnosed and treated his condition when he first came to them.
She seeks general and special damages for wrongful death and medical malpractice, as well as reimbursement for medical and funeral costs.
She is represented by Natalie Keusseyan with McMurray Henricks.