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Elderly Woman Dies at Stockton Care Facility

Garcia & Artigliere

Stockton, Calif. – Wagner Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center misrepresented its ability to provide proper care for an elderly woman, Hobbob Assad, and covered up a fatal injury that resulted in her death only weeks after her admittance.

“The facility made false promises to Hobbob and her family which they simply did not keep, causing her to needlessly suffer for weeks,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Rather than provide the care Hobbob needed and deserved, the facility treated her as nothing more than a source of revenue rather than the important human being she was.”

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Wagner Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for elder abuse, negligence and the wrongful death of Assad. According to the lawsuit, Assad was admitted to the facility in September of 2015 with a list of illnesses, all of which were expressed and explained to the facility. In addition to being wheelchair-bound, Assad had incontinence of bowel and bladder, dementia, difficulty swallowing and a broken hip.

During her stay at the facility, Assad was routinely neglected and ignored. Just weeks after being admitted, Assad used her call light to seek assistance using the bathroom. However, staff never showed up, and while Assad attempted to walk to the bathroom unaided, she fell and suffered a head injury.

Instead of calling 9-1-1, the staff placed her back in bed and concealed the incident and injury for 10 days. It was not until Assad was heard crying loudly because of her pain that her daughter called 9-1-1 and had her taken to the hospital. It was then discovered that she had suffered several fractures in her vertebrae as a result of the facility’s negligence.

Doctors administered morphine for Assad’s horrible pain, but decided not to force her to endure surgery for her injuries. She was placed in hospice care and passed away on October 13, 2015, only weeks after entering the facility.


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