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4/18/2016
Mia Chavez - La Puente, CA
The death of a six-week-old child from an illness that could have been easily diagnosed and successfully treated is tragic enough.  For the life of that child to be valued at no more than $250,000 is unforgivable.      Six-week-old Alexandra Mia Chavez, the third child of Alejandra Gonzalez and Mario Chavez, began coughing...
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4/18/2016
Alex Smick - Downey, CA
Alex Smick had a wonderful life mapped out for himself.  At 20, he was studying to be a surgical technician.  He was Atheltic, played guitar, and had a loving and supportive network of friends and family in his suburban L.A. community of Dowey.  He couldn’t wait to graduate and get a job to start saving money for an engagement...
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4/8/2016
Cali Andrist - Burbank, CA
Cali Andrist was a 58-year-old mentally disabled woman. In 2012, she woke with terrible stomach pain, and that evening her brother, Eric who was her full-time caregiver, took her to the ER at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.  After she revived a CT scan doctors admitted her with what they thought was a small bowel...
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4/8/2016
Daphne McClendon-Ricks - Fresno, CA
Around their Fresno neighborhood, Daphne McClendon-Ricks was known to all the kids simply as “mom”.  She was the shoulder to lean on, the unbreakable woman who salved wounds and gave good advice, and the friendly neighbor who helped mow a lawn or gave away vegetables from her bountiful backyard garden.  She was a vigorous 59...
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9/30/2015
By Mark Reback
Due to a health care change by her employer, Anh Kim Goodson was forced into the Kaiser Permanente system on 12-1-11 and continued for 2-1/2 years until she was eligible for Medicare at age 65 at which time she switched to a non-Kaiser Medicare doctor. On her first visit to a Kaiser doctor, there was no physical exam done, no X-rays done during...
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8/25/2014
By Mark Reback
Lloyd Monserratt was a UCLA grad, a rising star in California politics, a Latino Vote Director for the DCCC, a Director at NALEO, a Chief of Staff to a LA City Councilmember and LAUSD School Board Member, and a consultant to elected officials.  He and his fiancée were planning their wedding. But his promising life ended at age 36...
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4/2/2014
By Mark Reback
Mara Douglas - Bonita, CA Mara Douglas was a devout Catholic, admired in her community for her selflessness and generosity of spirit. After raising three children, she was doting on her two grandchildren. Then her world collapsed. She fell into a medical nightmare and died of pancreatic cancer on January 26, just four months after her diagnosis....
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3/26/2014
By Carmen Balber
Tina Minasian - Sacramento, CA California for years allowed doctors who were arrested for drug and alcohol infractions, including DUI, to conceal these arrests from patients. Such doctors, even if convicted, entered a “diversion” program that allowed them to keep practicing even if they violated the terms of the five-year program, and...
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3/26/2014
By Judy Dugan
Quin Murphy - Chula Vista, CA Quin Murphy at 16 was a soccer fanatic, with a family who supported him, coached him, even went on trips with him to watch favorite teams. In 2010, all of that ended. Quin and his family fell into a four-month tragedy of medical bumbling that caused Quin intractable pain and ultimately killed him. Dozens of emergency...
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9/1/2013
By Consumer Watchdog
Patients Beware Dr. Paul Phinney: Opposes mandaory drug testing for physicians. Opposes mandatory use of the CURES prescription drug database before narcotics are prescribed Opposes mandatory disclosure of medical negligence by physicians Opposes adjusting for inflation the 38 year-old cap on compensation for victims injured by...