Garcia, Artigliere & Medby Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Victoria Home Care
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Victoria Home Care, LLC and Loo Venture Group, LLC in Los Angeles for elder abuse, negligent hiring and supervision and wrongful death on behalf of Ms. Weiss. The lawsuit alleges the minimal level of care provided by the defendants caused Ms. Weiss to develop Stage II pressure sores, aspiration pneumonia and dehydration, which ultimately led to her death.
“The defendants deceived Ms. Weiss’ family into believing this was the best facility for an elderly person in her condition, when in reality, the staff had nowhere near the training required or opportunity to care for a person requiring constant attention as did Mrs. Weiss,” said attorney Stephen M. Garcia. “They refuse to be held accountable for their careless actions.”
Ms. Weiss was admitted to the residential care facility in March 2015. She suffered from dementia, was wheelchair bound, required use of diapers, and assistance with all daily life activities. The suit states that the facility had full knowledge that she was at severe risk for development of pressure sores and other serious health conditions, yet they knowingly disregarded the risk and withheld the care she required.
Four days into her residency, a facility staff member called Ms. Weiss’s daughter, Kathy Weiss, to alert her that her mother had “some pressure sores” and falsely stated that they were there upon arrival. It was discovered that she had one Stage II pressure ulcer on her sacrum and one on her buttock, as well as a large fluid filled blister on the ball of her foot. About six days later, Ms. Weiss’s nurse purportedly told Kathy that she needed her to purchase syringes so she could feed Ms. Weiss as she was on a puree diet.
During the feeding on April 3, 2015, the untrained caregiver caused Ms. Weiss to aspirate. She was taken by ambulance to Kaiser West Los Angeles where doctors diagnosed her with having multiple Stage II pressure ulcers, aspiration pneumonia, severe dehydration, a
urinary tract infection and a sodium level so high that doctors said it could have caused brain damage. As a result of the defendant’s neglect, Ms. Weiss passed away on April 15, 2015.