JUDGE ALLOWS CASE TO MOVE FORWARD TO TRIAL; DENIES SUMMARY JUDGEMENT
(Los Angeles) — Rebecca Derohanian was just 33 when she gave birth to her second child. Two days later, while she was in the hospital, she started complaining about a bad headache. By the time she left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she was brain dead.
A Superior Court judge denied summary judgement – which would have tossed the case out of court without a trial. The ruling allows the case to move forward to a jury trial.
“What that means is, the judge found there is sufficient evidence to let the jury decide this case at trial,” said Joshua Haffner, attorney at Haffner Law in Los Angeles, who is representing the plaintiffs in the case (Rebecca Derohanian v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, et al).
Derohanian had complained about a headache – and not just a small one. It turns out she was having a brain hemorrhage, medical reports show, and instead of providing life-saving measures, the lawsuit claims a Cedars-Sinai doctor instead administered a medication that made her situation worse.
“She is now confined to a wheelchair and a life that should be filled with the joy of young parenthood has been diminished to that of an invalid,” Haffner said. “A husband lost his wife, and two young children lost their mother.”
SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO: BC609669, DEPT 78
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