Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco kidney program settles malpractice suit.
San Francisco, CA(JusticeNewsFlash.com)–As reported by the San Francisco Business Times, lawyers representing plaintiffs in five medical malpractice cases against Kaiser Permanente have settled for $1 million. The lawsuits were filed by attorneys on behalf of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California kidney transplant program based in San Francisco. According to medical malpractice litigators, three of the five cases were wrongful death claims alleging Kaiser failed to provide kidney transplants according to national standards of care.
The Kaiser Renal Transplant Center in San Francisco which was forced to close by federal and state regulators in May 2006. The California Department of Managed Health Care fined Kaiser Permanente, based in Oakland, $5 million because of problems with the transplant program. The transplant portion of the kidney program, after about a year and a half of operation, was closed in the spring of 2005. The estimated 1,900 renal transplant patients, being mismanaged and under treated at Kaiser, were transferred to University of California San Francisco Medical Center and University of California Davis Medical Center.
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