Bixby Knolls Health Care & Rehab Center Sued for Wrongful Death

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Bixby Knolls Health Care & Rehab Center for dependent adult abuse, negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, fraud and wrongful death. One of the facility’s patients, Maggie Lee Patton, required assistance with eating, grooming, toileting, taking medications and other activities of daily living, which were constantly ignored by the facility, ultimately causing her death.

“This facility knowingly suffered from understaffing and insufficient economic resources that inevitably led to the improper medical attention that Ms. Patton received,” says Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Staff members consciously neglected Ms. Patton, causing her to live out her final days in excruciating pain.”

In 2004, Ms. Patton suffered a stroke, leaving her wheelchair-bound and with left side paralysis. She was also legally blind, suffered from diabetes and required assistance with all activities of daily living. By 2006, it was too difficult for Ms. Patton’s family to care for her at home and she was transferred to Bixby Knolls. Both the facility and staff were well aware of the 24-hour attention that Ms. Patton required; however, their careless treatment included: leaving her in urine for long periods of time; failing to turn her over regularly so as to prevent pressure sores; failing to provide adequate nutrition and hydration; and failure to abide by the physician’s orders for proper care.

As a result of the gross negligent treatment she endured, Ms. Patton was admitted to the hospital in July 2015 suffering from an E. coli urinary tract infection, sepsis, and large pressure ulcers on her back, sacrum and groin. To make matters worse, staff members concealed the wounds from Ms. Patton’s family. During one visit, Ms. Patton’s family members were attempting to change her when staff members asked them to stop and leave the room, presumably because they did not want the family to find the sores that had developed on Ms. Patton’s body. Her family did not find out about the wounds until after Ms. Patton was admitted to the hospital for low blood sugar.

In August 2015, her pressure ulcer became infected with feces at the facility and she was re-admitted to the hospital, suffering from multiple wounds to her lower back, legs and thighs. Tragically, after enduring years of horrible treatment by the Bixby Knolls staff, Ms. Patton’s medical conditions became so severe that she passed away.