Is Your Watch Worth More Than Your Life?
September 30, 2009
The family of a heart attack victim has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the emergency room doctor, hospital and hospital owners responsible for his care for wrongful death, conspiracy, negligent hiring and supervision. The family alleges that the doctor purposely let his patient die in order to steal his Rolex watch.
While there is no mention of the vetting procedure the hospital followed with regards to the hiring of this doctor, I am sure this information is forthcoming. Considering the level of responsibility that goes along with those who provide medical care to the sick and dying, anything short of a comprehensive background check is totally unacceptable.
Stockton, CA—A St. Joseph’s Medical Center emergency room doctor is under fire by the family of a retired Manteca police Lieutenant who died from a heart attack last June. The family alleges the doctor did not resuscitate their father so he could steal his Rolex. The adult children of the retired police official filed a wrongful death lawsuit last week, as reported by KTXL.
According to the lawsuit, Jerry Kubena Sr. was rushed to the St. Joseph’s Medical Center on June 1st for heart problems. Emergency room physician Dr. Cleveland Enmon allegedly allowed Kubena to die from a heart attack after he noticed his Presidential Rolex watch on his wrist. Two nurses reportedly noticed the watch was missing from the body of Mr. Kubena, and that a bulge appeared in the doctor’s pocket. The nurses reported the missing watch to security, who then told everyone to remain where they are. The lawsuit claims Dr. Enmons somehow slipped outside the hospital and walked into the parking lot, which was caught on the hospitals security cameras. A nurse decided to follow the doctor, and witnessed him throw something from his pocket into a grassy area in the parking lot. The nurse reportedly brought security to the area where she saw Dr. Enmom throw something, and recovered Mr. Kubena’s Rolex. Dr. Enmon was apparently confronted with the hospitals security footage, and was fired on the spot.
The civil lawsuit charges Dr. Cleveland Enmon, St. Josephs Medical Center, and hospital owners Catholic Healthcare West for wrongful death, conspiracy, negligent hiring, and supervision. The lawsuit also claims St. Joseph’s Medical Center tried to cover up the emergency room doctor’s crime after he was fired. Dr. Enmon was also reportedly indicted by a San Joaquin County grand jury last month for grand theft stemming from the death of Mr. Kubena.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California wrongful death lawyers.
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