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The Shafter Press Reports on Lawsuit Against Shafter Nursing Facility; Lawsuit Alleges Facility's Neglect Caused Woman's Stage Iv Pressure Sore

Garcia & Artigliere

As published in The Shafter Press, we filed a lawsuit against Golden Living Center – Shafter on behalf of Margie Shivers for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

Shivers was admitted to Golden Living Center – Shafter for rehabilitation after suffering multiple strokes and a heart attack. It’s alleged that during her approximately six-month stay at the facility, Shivers developed an infected Stage IV bedsore on her lower back due to staff negligence. The sore was so severe that it had tunneled through tissue, nearly exposing bone. According to the complaint, the staff at the facility hid the sore from Shivers’ family and doctor, allowing it to worsen.

“During the course of Margie’s residency, the facility systematically and continuously ignored her known needs and wrongfully withheld services required by the standard of practice, as stated in our Complaint,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Unfortunately, this alleged negligence was not an isolated incident as the facility is repeatedly issued deficiencies by the Department of Public Health for failure to provide the patient care they are required to perform as a licensed health care facility. In fact, the facility’s Governing Body and managing agents have been explicitly aware of this ongoing dysfunction as they repeatedly signed a plan of correction each time a DPH investigation resulted in a citation. By signing the plan of correction, the defendants promise to remedy each and every deficiency found at the facility. Despite these promises, it appears the facility simply moved forward with their scheme to warehouse as many residents as possible for the sake of maximizing profit, with zero regard for the health and safety of residents.”

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