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Old 10-20-2009, 10:32 PM
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Attorney: CA nurse assistant in vegetative state denied care after being attacked at hospital

SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
Associated Press Writer
October 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Amelia Mendoza's last words to her husband were that she was afraid she was going to be fired for reporting that she had been assaulted at her hospital nursing job.

Moments later she had a massive hemorrhagic stroke that has left her in a vegetative state and in a health care limbo because of a dispute over her coverage.

Amelia Mendoza, 52, was struck in the face, head and neck by a violent patient while working as a certified nurse assistant at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, attorney Russell Glauber said. She is not expected to recover from her April 20 collapse.

Claims for her care have been denied by her insurer, Blue Cross, and by workers' compensation, Glauber said. He is appealing Mendoza's workers compensation denial and calling on the state board to expedite its response.

Amelia's husband, though on disability himself, has been forced to care for his wife in their home.

"Both breadwinners are gone," Glauber said. "If Blue Cross refuses to pay because they say it's a workers compensation case, and compensation care is not paying, then who's left?"

Huntington Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Andrea Stradling confirmed Mendoza's employment at the hospital but said in a statement, "We do not believe that her current condition is related to any work-related injury."

Stradling said she could provide no further comment because Mendoza's case is an ongoing workers compensation matter.

Blue Cross spokeswoman Peggy Hinz declined to comment, saying medical privacy laws barred the insurer from commenting on Mendoza's case.

Glauber said Mendoza was attacked on April 14 and 16 but was told to make an appointment at an in-house workers compensation clinic at Huntington hospital on April 20.

For unknown reasons, the clinic turned Mendoza away that day, he said. She collapsed while having dinner with her husband and son at a restaurant that night and has never recovered.

An April 20 note in Mendoza's medical records says she was "in her usual state of health until about a week ago when she was bitten at work and had increased anxiety about her work injury."


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Old 10-20-2009, 11:20 PM
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I saw this story on the TV while working out at the gym. I was reading subtitile. It is very sad, that both work comp and ins are denying that she the stroke she had had any corrilation to the attack.
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I can't believe that the clinic turned her away. That's just terrible. I'd love to see the final outcome from the "investigations". I wonder how her co-workers are feeling about their job security/safety in light of this. Very sad.
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Grrrrr! On the job assault and her employer refused to care for her! GRRR!
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If that can be proven, I hope she sues somebody's butt.
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