Man Says Kaiser Is Responsible for Bent Toes
7-29-2013 22:58:00

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - A man’s toes are bent and useless from the negligent care provided by a Kaiser hospital and its staff, he says in an Orange County Superior Court complaint.

Michael Rieth was involved in a motorcycle accident on June 11, 2012 and sustained a severe leg injury on top of other injuries. He was transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif., a co-defendant in the complaint, but was then transferred to a Kaiser facility in Irvine.

Rieth says hospital staff did not notice his fractured foot or dislocated toe and ordered physical therapy that aggravated the injuries, according to the complaint.

“Because of the delay in diagnosing and treating plaintiff’s foot fractures, the healing of his severe leg injury caused extensive pain and suffering. Plaintiff has permanent loss of use of his toes and they are permanently bent in the wrong direction,” according to the complaint.

He says “necessary tests” should have been ordered and that Dr. Kamran Aurang and his staff “failed to observe critical information regarding plaintiff’s condition, and failed to diagnose the underlying cause of his chronic knee pain.”

Rieth is suing for professional and medical negligence. His wife, Elizabeth, is suing for loss of consortium. Together, they seek general and special damages on top of past and future medical expenses.

Representing Rieth is Michael Alder, Jennifer P. Burkes and Jefferson Saylor in Los Angeles.