The family of a man who sustained injuries that left him a quadriplegic in a car crash filed a lawsuit in July for medical malpractice against Riveredge Hospital, 8311 Roosevelt Road, and another hospital. The suit alleges the two institutions failed to adequately treat his mental and substance-abuse problems, contributing to his accident.

Henry Villanueva, a minor, crashed his vehicle on April 30, 2012. The lawsuit didn’t specify where the auto crash occurred or if anyone else was injured.

“He was delusional, mentally unstable and had a drug problem and crashed his car resulting in quadriplegia,” said lawyer Ted McNabola, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Henry and his mother, Hilda Villanueva.

Henry had been admitted to two psychiatric treatment centers in spring of 2012 —Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System, in Streamwood and Riveredge in Forest Park, according to the complaint.

Lawyers for the Villanuevas assert that Henry did not receive adequate care and treatment during his stay at Streamwood from March 10 to April 6, 2012 and at Riveredge, April 8-26, 2012.

The complaint is filed against both hospitals as well as Dr. Marta Banegas at Streamwood and Dr. Amer Smajkic at Riveredge.

The lawsuit asserts that both hospitals were negligent in failing to address Villanueva’s psychiatric symptoms, developmental issues, cognitive functioning, family relationships, substance-abuse problems. The suit says both hospitals negligently discharged Villanueva with inadequate treatment.

“My clients believe that if [Henry] had received the appropriate care and medicine, that this tragedy would’ve been avoided,” McNabola said in an email.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County law division on July 24.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...