Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Man Develops Pressure Sore, Malnutrition and Sepsis at San Pedro Nursing Facility

Los Angeles, Calif. — Sean O’Dea, a 77-year-old retired Lieutenant Colonel who dutifully served his Country, was admitted to San Pedro Convalescent Home due to his failing health following complications from a procedure for prostate cancer. Prior to his admission, the facility was informed of his limited mobility and high risk of developing pressure sores and promised to specifically devote attention to the particular susceptibility of Colonel O’Dea for development of horrific and painful pressure sores. The complaint alleges that San Pedro Convalescent Home accepted responsibility for O’Dea even though the facility knew that it did not have the skilled staff or resources to provide him with proper care. As a result of the facility’s alleged neglect, O’Dea suffered a preventable pressure sore, severe dehydration, malnutrition and sepsis, and was placed on hospice care less than one month after admission.

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against San Pedro Convalescent Home for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Based on what we know, Colonel O’Dea’s injuries would not have occurred had San Pedro Convalescent Home simply adhered to applicable rules, laws and regulations, as well as the acceptable standards of practice governing the operation of a nursing facility rather than focusing on their bottom line search for excessive profit,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “These rules are put in place to ensure the health and safety of elder and infirm citizens in the State of California such as Sean. Sadly, his severe wounds were the knowing and predictable result of insufficient staff and care being provided to him by the facility.”

Allegations and Background

According to the lawsuit, O’Dea was admitted to San Pedro Convalescent Home in March 2017 after suffering from failing health complications as a result of a TURP procedure for prostate cancer. The lawsuit states that the facility was aware O’Dea was particularly susceptible to the development of pressure ulcers and required specific and attentive care to prevent pressure sore formation.

The lawsuit alleges that San Pedro Convalescent Home ignored O’Dea’s needs and withheld required care leading to a severe and “avoidable” Stage IV pressure sore, severe dehydration, severe malnourishment and sepsis. O’Dea was placed in hospice care less than a month after his admission to the facility. However, San Pedro Convalescent Home allegedly failed to reposition O’Dea every two hours, make sure he was clean and dry and free from feces and urine at all times, and make sure he was properly hydrated.

As a predictable result of San Pedro Convalescent Home’s alleged withholding of required care, O’Dea developed an avoidable pressure sore, severe dehydration, severe malnourishment and sepsis. To make matters worse, the lawsuit alleges that the facility concealed O’Dea’s injuries from his family.

The complaint states that O’Dea was placed on hospice care less than one month after his admission to the facility and was later transferred to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Long Beach, where he was found severely dehydrated and extremely malnourished in addition to suffering from a Stage IV pressure sore on his coccyx, kidney failure and sepsis.