March 1, 2012

The County of Los Angeles Claims Board is considering the settlement of a medical malpractice claim brought against the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center resulting from the debilitating and permanent injuries suffered by a former patient who suffered a brain bleed following a fall in his bathroom that was not properly diagnosed or assessed, according to the medical malpractice case filed on his behalf.

The patient had been admitted into the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (“Rehab Center”) on November 27, 2009, for rehabilitation after a stroke. He was planning to spend the holidays with his family. Before temporarily leaving the Rehab Center, he fell in his bathroom, striking his head. The medical staff supposedly evaluated the patient after his fall and determined that he did not suffer any serious injuries. He was then allowed to leave the facility for the holidays. While with his family, he suffered a bleed in his brain, leaving him in a vegetative state.

The medical malpractice claim filed on his behalf alleged that the Rehab Center’s staff failed to perform a proper neurological assessment or to order a CT brain scan or MRI of his brain that would have indicated the beginning of the brain bleed (the patient had been on anticoagulants due to his stroke, which made him more susceptible to a brain bleed in the event he suffered trauma to his head).

The proposed medical malpractice settlement includes a settlement payment in the amount of $2.3 million plus assumption of the medical lien in the amount of $194,504.15 and waiver of the $634,026 hospital bill.


It is well known that patients who are on anticoagulation therapy are more susceptible to bleeding in the event of trauma. Therefore, it is important to take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of trauma to such patients, including injuries from falls. It is also well known that bleeding in the brain may take some time to develop following trauma to the head, often requiring close observation of the patient for a period of time, repeat neurological assessments, and repeat CT or MRI scans if the initial scan(s) was negative.

If you or a family member suffered a head trauma due to medical negligence, or if the head trauma was not timely and appropriately assessed, diagnosed, and treated, then you may wish to discuss your possible medical malpractice claim with a local medical malpractice attorney.

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