Patient dumping now resulting in more lawsuits...even to the van company involvement...BD
Civil rights attorneys today sued Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in connection with the dumping of a paraplegic man on skid row last year. The incident sparked national outrage after The Times reported that the man crawled in the gutter in a soiled hospital gown while dragging a colostomy bag. Witnesses told The Times that the van driver, Finece Mathis, ignored their pleas to stop. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Gabino Olvera, 41, and seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages against the hospital for alleged elder abuse, negligence and infliction of emotional distress. It also asks the court for an injunction that would bar the hospital and the van company, Empire Transportation Inc., from engaging in future cases of "homeless dumping."