Antioch Facility Neglects Patient, Resulting in Life-Threatening Health Conditions

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center located in Antioch, California, for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit states that the facility neglected one of its residents, Allen Wayne Pruitt, causing him to suffer several infections as well as a Stage IV pressure sore.

“The facility had no intention of providing Allen the care he desperately needed,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “They waited until he was in his helpless state after surgery, and treated him as nothing more than a source of revenue.”

On January 26, 2016, Mr. Pruitt was admitted to Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center for bowel blockage, cellulitis, and Strep-B in his left leg; the infection had entered his blood stream. During his admission, Mr. Pruitt was extremely weak and fatigued as a result of his multiple infections, and he was entirely dependent on the staff’s assistance.

Mr. Pruitt was bedbound with zero mobility, and the facility was fully aware that he was at high risk for the development of pressure sores. The facility deceived Mr. Pruitt’s family into believing he was receiving the care that he needed, yet they were disregarding his needs and withholding required care.

Though Mr. Pruitt was 6 feet tall and weighed about 320 pounds, the facility placed him in a bed that was too small for him, and which was unable to accommodate his body weight and height. The small bed, coupled with Mr. Pruitt’s weakness and fatigue from his multiple infections, completely immobilized him to the extent that he could not even adjust his body. As a result, Mr. Pruitt developed a painful, infected, yet avoidable pressure ulcer.

Throughout his stay at the facility, Mr. Pruitt spent his time in chronic pain and discomfort. On multiple occasions, his family complained to the staff that his bed was too small; however, the facility did nothing in response. His family also expressed concern about his well-being, addressing that Mr. Pruitt was often left unattended and rarely had assistance with his nutrition, hydration or toileting needs.

Mr. Pruitt was discharged from Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center on February 10, 2016, and was sent to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation treatment. Staff at the new facility discovered that Mr. Pruitt had a large bruise on his tailbone that was deep in his tissue.

In March, Mr. Pruitt underwent debridement surgery for the wound and was placed on a wound vacuum for therapy. Later that month, Mr. Pruitt’s wound became infected with cellulitis and he was again put on antibiotics.

As a result of the neglect Mr. Pruitt received while at Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center, he continues to take antibiotics to stave off recurrent infections. He is often dehydrated and undernourished, and the infections have become more frequent, as doctors have discovered the wound is now tunneling.