Hemet Nursing Home Sued for Elder Abuse

Hemet, Calif. – Claudette Bradford was admitted into ManorCare Health Services –  Hemet for 24-hour assistance with all her activities of daily living. Rather than providing her with the care she required, however, the facility continuously neglected Bradford, allowing her to develop a gaping pressure sore.

“The facility was aware of Claudette’s condition and ensured her and her family that they were sufficiently equipped to manage her care,” said attorney Stephen Garcia. “Unfortunately, this was not the case and ManorCare failed to provide Claudette with the legally and medically required minimum care to which she was entitled, required and deserved.”

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against ManorCare Health Services – Hemet for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit alleges that rather than managing Bradford’s hydration and nutrition, providing pressure-relieving therapy to avoid pressure sores, and many other treatments, the facility ignored Bradford and put her at risk for injury.

Until June 13, 2016, Bradford was living at home; however, after suffering a serious fall it became evident she was no longer able to care for herself. Upon Bradford’s admittance into the facility, staff were fully aware of her conditions and accepted responsibility for her, knowing she would require extensive assistance with all her activities of daily living.

As a result of the facility’s negligence, Bradford developed a severe and avoidable pressure sore on her left and right hip while she was at the facility. Unfortunately, her family was never advised that she had developed it.

While Bradford’s family would visit her, they observed that the facility had not ensured that she had eaten her food or drunk any water. They also witnessed that she was in ongoing agonizing pain originating from her pelvic area. Her family would remit this information to the nurses at the facility, but their complaints were dismissed and staff assured them that Bradford was fine. All the while, the facility knew that the pain Bradford suffered from was two pressure sores in her waist area that resulted in two gaping holes in her skin.

As a direct result of the facility’s persistent and continuous withholding of care, the pressure sores became so severe and infected that Bradford had to be emergently transferred to the hospital on July 25, 2016. She had been neglected for so long that she was found unconscious as a result of the infection she contracted in the facility.

It was only at the emergency room that Bradford’s family and physician were finally notified of the existence of the wounds that developed on Bradford’s hips. By that point, the wounds had progressed to Stage IV pressure sores and were infected as a result of the facility’s neglect.

Bradford’s wounds placed her in such poor health and at such serious risk of infection that she is now on hospice.