Patient alleges he was drugged at VA hospital, files medical negligence suit

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A patient is suing the Veterans Administration of the United States of America over allegations he was touched sexually during recovery from a surgery.

Orlonzo Hedrington filed a complaint on Aug. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Veterans Administration of the United States of America and Does 1-50 alleging medical negligence.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff underwent a coronary artery bypass graft surgery at the VA hospital at Davis Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California in January 2016. He alleges during the days that followed while he was in recovery, he was drugged and sexually touched and penetrated without his consent.

The plaintiff alleges he suffered damages, including emotional distress and trauma, depression and physical discomfort and pain.

The plaintiff holds Veterans Administration of the United States of America and Does 1-50 responsible because the defendants allegedly breached their duty of care to plaintiff by performing below the standard of care.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for general and special damages, costs of suit, and further relief as may be just. He is represented by Bruce A. Neilson in Fresno.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 2:18-cv-02333

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