Francisco Perez, who has a historical past of psychological sickness, drug abuse and violent habits, threatened to kill his brother in October 2016 whereas he was a affected person at Metropolitan Hospital Heart in East Harlem, says a go well with in Bronx Supreme Court docket.
However hospital employees did not take Perez’s ravings critically. The day he was launched, he allegedly carried by way of on his threats and stabbed Luis Gonzalez to demise.
Gonzalez’ daughter this month sued Metropolitan Hospital and its proprietor, the town Well being and Hospitals Corp. She says her 63-year-old dad can be alive if not for the hospital’s “negligence.”
“As soon as they are saying they’re going to kill somebody? Come on now, I don’t take that calmly,” an emotional Cynthia Gonzalez instructed The Put up. “That’s a pink flag.”
Gonzalez hopes her father’s demise gained’t be in useless. “It’s like an vacancy with out him,” she stated, weeping. “He was the spark and now it’s not there.”
The hospitals must do extra, stated Luis Gonzalez’ granddaugher, Anayess Dominguez.
“They didn’t do every part they probably may have finished to stop one thing like this from occurring. Sooner or later, if this continues to occur, it’s only a flaw that they’re not fixing,” the 19-year-old stated.
Perez, 56, is due in Manhattan Prison Court docket subsequent month after present process a court docket ordered examination to find out his psychological health.
“That is simply an enormous injustice,” stated Gonzalez’ lawyer, Justin Varughese.
As The Put up reported final week, Bellevue Hospital Heart faces comparable allegations of negligence in Manhattan Supreme Court docket, in a lawsuit filed two days after the Gonzalez go well with.
Connie Watton, 49, a longtime housekeeper for Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman’s household, was pushed onto subway tracks in Occasions Sq. and hit by an downtown-bound 1 prepare.
Her alleged killer, Melanie Liverpool-Turner, landed in Bellevue about three weeks earlier than earlier than Watton’s November 2016 demise with “a historical past of psychological, psychological and/or psychiatric sickness” as a result of she’d beforehand claimed she pushed individuals onto subway tracks.
Bellevue launched Liverpool-Turner with out a correct psychiatric analysis and both failed to acknowledge her “homicidal ideations” or ignored them, the sufferer’s husband, Robert Watton, costs in a Manhattan Supreme Court docket submitting.
HHC declined touch upon the three instances, citing affected person confidentiality legal guidelines, however a spokesman defended the company’s discharge procedures as “strong” and stated sufferers are evaluated to find out if they’re a risk to themselves or others.
Victims’ households face an uphill battle in making an attempt to carry metropolis hospitals chargeable for mentally unwell sufferers who kill.
In 2014, profession legal Kevin Darden pushed unsuspecting Chinese language immigrant Wai Kwok in entrance of an oncoming D prepare in The Bronx. Darden was sentenced to 18 years in jail for manslaughter.
Two years after the sadistic shove, Kwok’s household sued HHC, claiming Darden was a paranoid schizophrenic who wouldn’t take his meds and that the town hospitals which handled him did not take the hazard he posed critically.
Kwok’s household dropped the case after 19 months, partly as a result of Darden wouldn’t give permission to launch his psychiatric data, stated Kwok household lawyer Preston Douglas.