Kaiser Allegedly Refuses to Pay for Life Saving Supplies to Help Patient Injured in Their Hospital, Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed

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A medical malpractice claim against Kaiser-Fresno has been filed on behalf of a 33 year old wife and mother of two young children who lost most of her bowel as a result of alleged negligence by doctors at Kaiser Fresno Hospital. Dr. Bruce G. Fagel filed the lawsuit October 1, 2012 in Fresno Superior Court, Case No. 12CECG03125 JH.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyer Dr. Bruce Fagel

A medical malpractice claim against Kaiser-Fresno has been filed on behalf of a 33 year old wife and mother of two young children who lost most of her bowel as a result of alleged negligence by doctors at Kaiser Fresno Hospital.

According to court documents, Emily Phillips was taken to Kaiser Fresno Hospital by ambulance on the night of June 7, 2012, although she was not a Kaiser member. She had called 911 and was taken to the closest hospital. At the Kaiser Emergency Room she was evaluated for severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. A CT scan of her abdomen was obtained which showed a bowel obstruction, although the surgeon later told the patient that the information about the CT scan was not relayed to him in a timely manner, and that resulted in a delay in surgery, which did not occur until around 11 AM on June 8.

According to court documents, at surgery, Dr. Adolfo Alvarez found that Mrs. Phillips’ bowel was twisted and necrotic. Dr. Alvarez untwisted the bowel but decided to not remove any necrotic bowel at this surgery. Over the next several weeks, Mrs. Phillips underwent 7 different abdominal surgeries to remove dead bowel, and has been left without sufficient bowel to be able to absorb food. She must now receive all of the nutrients to survive through a large intravenous line called Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN).

According to court documents, the TPN supplies cost in excess of $7,000 per month. Kaiser gave Mrs. Phillips $30,000 as an advance on any settlement, but with more than half of that amount already spent, Kaiser was asked to continue the payments for the TPN supplies, since Mrs. Phillips cannot live without this treatment. However, Kaiser has allegedly refused, prompting this lawsuit to obtain the necessary funds for her care and survival. The lawsuit was filed in Fresno Superior Court, Case No. 12CECG03125 JH.

About The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates
The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates specializes in medical malpractice cases involving serious injuries to patients. Cases include medical malpractice, birth injury, cerebral palsy, surgical error, brain damage, and wrongful death. Dr. Bruce Fagel has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured parties than any other attorney in California, including obtaining the largest verdict in California history, $460 million dollars. The law firm has successfully obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients.

About Dr. Bruce Fagel
Dr. Bruce Fagel is a lawyer and a licensed medical doctor, specializing in medical malpractice. Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for over 10 years before becoming an attorney. This background provides Dr. Fagel with the knowledge and expertise to represent his clients against negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

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