California families file medical malpractice, wrongful death lawsuits against Fresno psychiatric hospital

by John Chapman

Several families have filed lawsuits for wrongful death and medical malpractice against a psychiatric hospital in Fresno, California. The lawsuits allege that the hospital, Community Behavioral Health, failed to keep their loved ones safe while they were being treated at the facility.

The cases include a lawsuit filed by the family of Jodi Booze, who committed suicide the day after she was brought to Community Behavioral Health as well as another case filed by the family of Gloria Archuleta, who died from a heart attack that was allegedly caused by injuries she suffered after she was attacked by a male mental-health patient with a violent past.

According to a lawyer representing the two families in their medical malpractice and wrongful death claims, the two patients’ deaths show that Community Behavioral Health lacks “a fundamental understanding of what they need to do to obtain patient safety at all times.”  Community has denied any wrongdoing in connection with the two lawsuits. A spokesperson for the psychiatric hospital said that Community “reported both incidents to the state when they occurred more than a year ago and both were investigated. The incidents are currently in litigation, but we don’t believe Community is liable.”

The lawsuit filed by the family of Jodi Booze also names two psychiatrists who worked at Community Behavioral Health. The family is seeking unspecified compensatory and general damages for emotional distress. The family of Gloria Archuleta is seeking unspecified general, special and punitive damages, as well as an award for pain and suffering that occurred prior to the woman’s death.

Lawsuits Filed by Familes Affected by Medical Malpractice or Wrongful Death

Thousands of Americans are killed each year because of negligence on the part of medical caretakers and drug companies. Although the FDA and other federal agencies have created rules designed to keep the public safe, sometimes hospitals, doctors, drug companies, or other businesses fail to follow these rules, leading to the wrongful death of patients and customers.

Patients depend on the doctors and medical staff who treat their injuries, illnesses, and other medical conditions to protect their health and well-being. Unfortunately, far too often patients find themselves victims of medical negligence on the part of doctors and other medical professionals. Experts estimate that more than 225,000 patients die each year as a result of medical malpractice incidents, many of which were easily preventable.

Families who have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice may be eligible to file a lawsuit against parties whose negligence contributed to the death. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle your case from start to finish and secure fair compensation for your losses in the form of a verdict or settlement.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have the training and resources necessary to prosecute even the most complex cases involving medical negligence. Some of the medical malpractice verdicts, settlements, and results by our attorneys include a $6.75 million settlement for the family of an 8 year-old child who suffered permanent brain damage due to medical errors, a $2.2 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit arising from the premature discharge of a newborn infant from the hospital with low glucose levels, and arguing the appeal in a case where the Texas Supreme Court upheld a $9 million dollar jury verdict in medical malpractice case.

If believe that you or a loved one have been hurt as a result of medical malpractice, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for injuries, medical bills, and other costs. For a free legal consultation about your case and learn how we may be able to help with your case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by follow the link to our free case evaluation form and answer a few simple questions to get started.

by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.