Los Angeles sues hospital over alleged patient dumping

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Family of man slain by police on Skid Row files $20M claim.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a homeless man shot and killed by Los Angeles police during a confrontation on Skid Row has filed a $20 million claim against the city. The 38-year-old schizophrenic homeless woman — clad only in paper pajamas — showed up in front of the Union Rescue Mission one day in September, allegedly dropped off by a hospital van. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1dwGczk ) that the claim filed Wednesday by Charly Leundeu Keunang’s parents and sister says officers “initiated” the struggle that ended with the March 1 death. She wandered without identification, money or medication through Los Angeles’ skid row before someone at another shelter contacted the owner of the van, Gardens Regional Hospital & Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by L.A. According to the lawsuit, the hospital failed to provide the woman with proper discharge protocols and instructions for future care on at least five occasions between December 2013 and September 2014.

Keunang violated these protocols and their reckless mistakes and misconduct resulted in this unnecessary death.” The claim says six LAPD officers “attacked Mr. The City Attorney’s office previously settled three patient dumping cases in 2014 that were filed against Pacifica Hospital, Glendale Adventist, and Beverly Community Hospital. His sister, Line Foming, and their parents, Heleine Tchayou and Isaac Keunang, accuse the city, LAPD and its officers of excessive force, assault and battery, wrongful death and constitutional violations. In the most significant case, Adventist Health, which runs 19 hospitals and clinic centers in four states, including Glendale Adventist Medical Center, paid $700,000 last year to settle dumping allegations without admitting wrongdoing.

Keunang six times from point-blank range as they held him down on the sidewalk.” Millions of people viewed the confrontation after a witness uploaded a video to Facebook. State law requires discharge planning, but hospitals say there is nowhere for homeless patients to go — especially those with mental conditions. “In each of the cases we’ve resolved with a medical care facility we’ve not had a single problem,” Feuer said in a phone interview. “It is possible for a healthcare facility to adopt humane and decent treatment.” Feuer said the homeless woman, identified in the suit as Jane Roe to protect her privacy, had medical insurance and a primary care provider. She had been admitted to Gardens’ emergency room six times before the alleged dumping incident for depression, hearing voices, amphetamine and alcohol abuse, and uncontrolled diabetes, the suit says.

Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that the officer said, “He has my gun.” The family’s lawyer, Dan Stormer of Pasadena, said the officer’s gun “never came out of his holster.” The video showed the officer removing his gun from the holster after the shooting. Before one of Roe’s hospital visits, the sister had reported her missing to Monterey Park police, but Gardens failed to check its missing persons’ alert system or notify the family, the suit said. In June, after his release from prison, Keunang messaged his sister on Facebook. “Your name seems familiar,” he wrote, then added in his native French, “ton jeune frere” (your younger brother). The family had a three-day reunion in Massachusetts and was in almost constant contact with Keunang after he returned to Los Angeles to obtain travel documents so he could move back to Cameroon and rebuild his life, the claim said.

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