Treatment Delay Results in Kidney Transplant, Man Claims
GOLDEN, Colo. (CN) – Kaiser was slow to respond to a man’s worsening kidney symptoms, he claims in Jefferson County District Court.
Christopher Haggenjos sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and Colorado Permanente Medical Group, physician’s assistant Jared P. Waterman and four doctors – John R. Pearse, Brent M. Arnold, Diane M. Lanese and Karen M. Lochhead – for negligence. He also sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado under the doctrine of respondeat superior. Heidi Haggenjos also sued for loss of consortium.
In his lawsuit, Haggenjos said he had a prior known condition of mixed connective tissue disease. On Sept. 21, 2015, Haggenjos saw physician’s assistant Waterman for symptoms of dark, bubbly and sometimes pink urine, he says. Between then and Dec. 7, his kidney symptoms worsened, eventually landing him in the hospital for acute renal failure, he says. Ultimately, he had a kidney transplant in April 2017.
Haggenjos contends Kaiser and its staff did not inform him about how serious his test results were, did not refer him to a nephrologist fast enough, did not communicate well among themselves, did not read each other’s notes in his chart and did not give him the timely and appropriate followup care and treatment he needed.
Christopher and Heidi Haggenjos seek binding arbitration, damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment and disfigurement, loss of earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, costs of suit, expert witness fees and interest. They are represented by Kevin S. Mahoney, Dennis S. Mahoney and Paul M. Mahoney of the Mahoney Law Firm in Denver.