American Addiction Centers, a drug treatment company that runs several Southern California Rehab facilities has recently lost a verdict amounting to $7M.
The California jury that went to court against the company won the verdict, which is the biggest verdict in the state to date. The investigation team set for the case has been watching the center American Addiction Centers run in the Tampa Bay area, and has been reporting several problems regarding its operations for the past few weeks.
The biggest issue that brought this case to light was the suicide of Shaun Reyna, one of the patients in a Southern California Rehab facility run by American Addiction Centers, who committed suicide shortly after being admitted.
Attorney Jude Basile, representing the Reyna family, says that AAC was negligent in how they handled marketing and patient care, which they ran akin to a mass marketing program, complete with commissions and sales quotes and the like.
According to Basile, Shaun was only admitted for 20 hours before he gave in and took his own life. He was, to add, delusional and prone to hallucinations. The issue was that the facility put him, on his own, in a room with razor blades in close proximity.
The civil complaint that Basile forwarded claims that the AAC pressured sales people to get sales by any means necessary, and would outright fire people who failed to hit sales quotas.
Shaun Reyna suffered from depression, and turned to prescription medication and drinking in order to cope. He sought out help at American Addiction Centers, Inc. and was transported to a Southern California Rehab facility 360 miles from home, with the company confiscating his phone, and other personal items.
The complaint filed stated that Shaun never saw a doctor, or a psychiatrist and was never prescribed or cared for in any way. The staff even filed reports saying that Shaun was delusional and had symptoms of delirium tremens.
It was then, whilst alone in his room, that Shaun cut himself repeatedly and bled out.
The jury, after reviewing the case, awarded $7M to the Reyna family, having decided that the AAC violated regulations regarding operations.
This case is the latest in a chain of issues regarding the AAC. In 2016, an Illinois man died when he managed to wander away from the center unsupervised and was ran over. More recently, another client admitted into an AAC facility shot himself with a handgun in the middle of a burglary attempt in Riverview.