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Father files wrongful death lawsuit in death of abused son – Las Vegas Review – Journal

Posted: Feb. 14, 2013 | 6:16 p.m.
A wrongful death lawsuit alleging several state and county agencies failed to protect a 7-year-old boy from beatings that proved fatal was filed Thursday on behalf of the boy’s father.
Roderick “RJ” Arrington’s physical abuse, alleged to have been inflicted by his mother and stepfather, was reported Nov. 28 by Roundy Elementary School officials to county child welfare personnel. School employees had seen “extensive scarring” on RJ’s back, according to the lawsuit in Clark County District Court.
But RJ was allowed to return to his mother and stepfather and died Nov. 30.
Attorney Matthew Callister, who represents RJ’s father, Roderick Devon Arrington Sr., said the boy’s death was preventable.
Negligence and the failure to act by the agencies responsible for determining the severity of reported child abuse led to RJ’s death, he said.
“This was a disposable child in the eyes of somebody,” Callister said. “I do not believe if this were my kid, this would have happened.”
RJ had told school employees that when he got in trouble, his mother and her boyfriend hit him on the back or butt with a TV cord, broom handle, spatula and belt, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit names several defendants, including the state of Nevada, state Division of Child and Family Services, Clark County, Clark County Department of Family Services, Clark County Child Protective Services and the Clark County School District.
Kristi Jourdan, spokeswoman for Clark County Family Services, said her agency does not comment on pending litigation. Officials with the School District could not be reached late Thursday afternoon.
Las Vegas police said RJ was beaten by his stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, for lying about reading a Bible [...]

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Delray Medical Center sued for wrongful death of husband, father – Sun-Sentinel

August 10, 2012|By Karla Bowsher, Sun-Sentinel

Less than three days after doctors treated him for chest pain at Delray Medical Center, a 40-year-old father died of a heart attack, a lawsuit states.
Lazaro Rodriguez’s wife attempted CPR and called 911, but it was too late by the time emergency medical responders arrived. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

According to a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Rodriguez’s widow in Palm Beach County Circuit Court Thursday, doctors misread test results and improperly treated him after he showed up at the Delray Medical Center ER around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2011.
After the ER doctor diagnosed Rodriguez with a heart attack, two specialists were assigned to his case: radiologist Fernando Rivera and cardiologist Rodolfo Carrillo-Jimenez, who also goes by Rodolfo Carrillo. Rodriguez did not have his own cardiologist and did not know the specialists who treated him at the hospital.
The lawsuit blames Dr. Rivera for misreading the results of a coronary CTA, a type of X-ray that can identify heart problems such as blocked arteries that could lead to a heart attack. Dr. Rivera reported a “normal coronary CTA” when the result was actually abnormal, the lawsuit states.
Dr. Carrillo-Jimenez is blamed for stopping Rodriguez’s cardiac medications and prematurely releasing him from the hospital. The lawsuit states he sent Rodriguez home on Jan. 13 with only aspirin and ibuprofen despite the patient’s elevated levels of troponin, a protein that indicates heart trauma such as a heart attack.
Rodriguez went into cardiac arrest while at home around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 15.
Joanne Rodriguez, who is seeking damages of at least $ 50,000, could not be reached for comment.
Her lawyer, Nancy La [...]

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