Garcia, Artigliere & Medby Files Lawsuit Against Chaya Centers For Extreme Negligence

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Greenridge Senior Care for extreme negligence and an acute case of elder abuse of Melvin Cosper, alleging that the staff treated him so poorly that he suffered several injuries, some of which were ignored by the staff and some were concealed from his family.

Mr. Cosper checked into Greenridge Senior Care in July of 2014 and stayed at the facility for approximately one year. Upon Mr. Cosper’s arrival, his family made it clear that he suffered from renal failure and dementia, which would require special care from the staff. Instead, Greenridge Senior Care staff treated Mr. Cosper as a revenue stream to funnel funds from the government and insurance companies into their own pockets. They also allegedly contrived a scheme to discharge him from the facility by fraudulently asserting that he no longer required skilled care. The facility then attempted to conceal their behavior from the State of California after complaints began to roll in regarding their mistreatment of patients such as Mr. Cosper.

“Mr. Cosper was a senior in need of serious care and consideration from the staff at the facility,” said attorney Stephen Garcia. “What he got instead was a daily routine of neglect and having his dignity trampled upon by staff members who couldn’t even take the time to let the man go to the bathroom like a human being.”

During Mr. Cosper’s stay, he was treated so poorly and was the victim of such negligence that he suffered several falls, one of which resulted in a broken hip. The under-trained staff even attempted to cover up Mr. Cosper’s injury, failing to get him much needed medical attention for hours before he was finally taken to the doctor, where he received x-rays that confirmed the fracture. He also suffered avoidable pressure ulcers on his buttocks and his family often found him with soiled diapers and feces on his bedding and clothing.

At one point during Mr. Cosper’s stay, his family was notified to call 911 because there was blood all over the toilet and in his urine. When his family arrived to take him to the hospital, his caregiver was nowhere to be found. Subsequent hospital tests revealed that Mr. Cosper’s medication was over-administered and his blood had thinned.