Lake Forest Nursing Center Sued for Violent Attack on Elderly Patient

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging that an elderly woman, Kiandokht Shaghaghi, suffered a violent attack and a broken hip as a result of the negligent staff at Lake Forest Nursing Center.

“The facility staff were insufficient in number and training and instead of protecting Kiandokht from a resident they knew had violent propensities, they completely ignored it. This is, quite literally, the most basic level of care which the Defendants utterly failed to provide,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia.

On June 7, 2014, at the age of 84, Ms. Shaghaghi was admitted into Lake Forest Nursing Center because she suffered from dementia, was wheelchair bound and thus unable to defend herself and/or protect herself from health and safety hazards,
and was a significant fall risk. The staff was well aware of Ms. Shaghaghi’s health limitations, and both the staff and management promised Ms. Shaghaghi’s family that she would receive the proper care and supervision her condition required. However, instead, she was ignored, neglected and placed in harm’s way as the staff members assigned her to reside in a room with another female patient who had a history of violent and aggressive behavior. Disregarding this known risk, staff members put Ms. Shaghaghi in a dangerous situation that ultimately made her a victim of physical violence.

While Ms. Shaghaghi’s daughter was at the facility on January 10, 2016, she noticed her mother’s roommate acting erratically, yelling and punching herself. This was yet another example of the reported but ignored violent propensity that posed a risk to Ms. Shaghaghi’s health and safety. Ms. Shaghaghi’s daughter was shocked by her mother’s roommate’s behavior and notified the facility. Staff assured her that they would closely monitor the roommate’s behavior to protect Ms. Shaghaghi from a violent attack that could result in injury. However, the staff failed in their duty to provide proper care, leaving the two women alone and providing no oversight of the situation. Later that night, Ms. Shaghaghi’s roommate violently attacked her unprovoked, punching her in the stomach and causing her injuries.

On January 14, 2016, days after this violent attack, Ms. Shaghaghi fell and fractured her hip. However, the staff at the facility merely put her back in bed and attempted to conceal the injury by not seeking medical attention for it and by not disclosing it to her family.

The fracture was discovered only after Ms. Shaghaghi told her family that she was suffering from a severe amount of pain. As a result, an x-ray was performed, which revealed that Ms. Shaghaghi had broken her hip.