LEINGANG V. SOUTH COAST MEDICAL CENTER, ET AL.
Plaintiff was evaluated at the Emergency Room of South Coast Medical Center, and due to his intense depression and substance abuse issues, he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold at South Coast Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit. Plaintiff was then transferred to a substance abuse program in an unlocked facility on the hospital premises known as Pacific Coast Recovery Center (PCRC). During his stay at PCRC, Plaintiff walked out of the unlocked facility and attempted suicide by jumping off the parking structure of South Coast Medical Center.
Plaintiff alleged that the involuntary psychiatric hold was discontinued prematurely and that Plaintiff did not receive proper intervention and treatment at the substance abuse center. Plaintiff alleged that despite obvious warning signs, the health care providers failed to treat his severe depression. Plaintiff further alleged that there was a joint venture relationship between defendants, driven primarily by insurance benefits. Defendants denied that they were negligent in the medical care and treatment of Plaintiff and contended that their care and treatment was not the legal cause of Plaintiff's attempted suicide and resulting injuries and damages.