The parents of 20-year-old Brandon Jacques are claiming that Morningside Recovery did not give their son the care he needed when he went there for treatment of his bulimia and alcoholism. They are suing the Newport Beach clinic for Orange County, California wrongful death.
The plaintiffs contend that Jacques went to Morningside because the clinic presented itself as a dual-diagnosis treatment center. They paid the center about $25,000 for a month of care and their son was admitted to the facility on Mach 14, 2011.
15 days after his admission to Morningside, Jacques was transferred to First House Detox in Costa Mesa where he went into cardiac arrest and died at Hoag Hospital on April 2. Jacques parents believe that the reason he was moved to the Costa Mesa center was because Morningside wanted to make room for new clients in order to bring in more money. They also claim that while their son was at the Newport Beach center, he developed hypokalemia, the clinic did not supervise his intake of food, and staff allowed him to throw up what he ate.
They say the institution is "out of control" and that its claims of being a center that can treat certain disorders are false. They also contend that Morningside made representations in order to draw in patients and earn substantial fees.
"Recovery centers, like all medical and care facilities, are required to provide patients with a certain standard of care, said Howard Law, PC Founder and Newport Beach personal injury lawyer Vincent Howard. "This includes making sure that staff administer the proper treatment, monitor patient health and recovery, and properly supervise the patients as needed.
By time they are ready/willing to admit they have a problem and get help, patients suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders usually have hit rock bottom. Many may not even want help but are there because their lives have become too unmanageable to deal with sans professional help. To not properly treat a patient suffering from an addiction or another type of disorder/issue can prove fatal, especially if he/she were to continue in a downward spiral and die from an overdose, malnutrition, or the health complications that can arise from wearing/tearing down the body. Emotional and psychological issues may escalate.
There also might be other consequences resulting from inadequate treatment and/or supervision. For example, the family of one man sued a rehabilitation center in Arizona a few months ago after he went missing from the center and was later found dead. The man, who was getting treatment for depression and anxiety, had been having suicidal thoughts. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the facility of inadequate supervision and placing profit over patient safety and care.
Family sues rehab over death, Daily Pilot, April 4, 2012
Rehab center sued over patient who strayed off, died, Arizona Daily Star, January 17, 2012
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At Howard Law, PC, Costa Mesa wrongful death lawyer Vincent Howard and his team of attorneys and other legal professionals are dedicated to helping victims and their families recoup the compensation they are owed for the harm they have suffered.