Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Suffers Avoidable Fall and Dies
Los Angeles, Calif. – Pansy Lee McDonald, a wheelchair-bound 88-year-old woman, was admitted to Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center based on recognition that she was dependent on the assistance of trained professionals to be able to conduct activities of daily living. In fact, she was particularly sent to Roseville in recognition that she was a high risk for falls which in the elderly are deadly given her need for 2-person maximum assistance with bed mobility, non-ambulatory/wheel-chair bound status. Simply stated, rather than competently provide this assistance for which Roseville was paid dearly, McDonald’s needs were not properly attended to and she suffered avoidable falls that resulted in a fractured hip and multiple head injuries that unfortunately led to her death. Most notably, in April 2017, McDonald fell out of her bed while one of the facility’s certified nurse’s assistants attempted to change McDonald’s diaper—a 2-person task. McDonald was sent to a hospital where she underwent hip fracture surgery and stayed until discharged back to Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center approximately three weeks later. Within two months following the alleged, entirely preventable fall, McDonald passed away.
“This horrific incident is one in a string of injuries at Roseville Healthcare & Wellness Center,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Our complaint alleges that management at Roseville has siphoned off huge amounts of money under the guise of providing ‘Support Services’ and through ‘Administrative Expenses’ accounts, which were all required to provide lawful and proper care to the facility residents including Pansy. And the predictable result of placing profits over people were the injuries and death suffered by Pansy. Our complaint clearly alleges that this facility was, and is, more focused on their own monetary enrichment than the health and safety of Pansy and other residents.”
Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.
Allegations and Background
According to the lawsuit, Pansy Lee McDonald was admitted to the Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center because of her total dependence for all activities of daily living, as well as her significant medical conditions, including diabetes, history of multiple falls with fractures and dementia. It’s alleged Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center was well aware that if they failed to provide McDonald with required care, supervision and monitoring, there was a high probability that she would suffer injury.
In early April 2017, McDonald allegedly fell out of the right side of her bed while a nurse’s assistant attempted to change McDonald’s diaper. No one else was assisting the lone nurse in changing McDonald’s diaper nor standing as a guard on the opposite side of her bed, even though she required a 2-person assistance. Prior to the fall, McDonald’s air mattress suddenly inflated, causing her to roll to the unguarded right side of the bed. She kept rolling over until freefalling out of her bed and onto the floor face-first. McDonald was sent to a hospital where she underwent hip fracture surgery and where she stayed until discharged back to the Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center about three weeks later. On June 28, 2017, within two months following the entirely preventable fall, McDonald passed away.
The lawsuit alleges Roseville Point Health & Wellness Center consciously failed to provide McDonald with the required care, leading directly to her injuries and death. Within this negligence was the practice and pattern of staffing the facility with an insufficient number of service personnel, many of whom were not properly trained or qualified to care for the residents. It’s evident through the law firm’s findings that this plan was designed by the facility’s management as a mechanism to reduce labor costs and predictably resulted in the abuse and neglect of many residents, most specifically, McDonald.