Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Man Develops UTI and Dies Less Than Two Months After Admission to Downey Nursing Facility

Los Angeles, Calif. — Ira Lee Kimble, an elderly man, was admitted to Downey Community Health Center after a series of hospitalizations related to surgeries and therapy for bladder cancer, kidney failure and dialysis complications. Unfortunately, rather than providing Kimble with the care he required, it’s alleged that the facility utterly ignored his needs, leading to the development of a urinary tract infection (UTI) which spread to his entire body and ultimately led to his death.

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Downey Community Health Center for elder abuse, negligent hiring and supervision and wrongful death.

“Ira was suffering from medical conditions that made him reliant on the assistance of Downey Community Health Center, and the facility accepted him fully aware of these preexisting conditions, yet it’s clear they utterly ignored his needs in an effort to line their own pockets,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Ira’s injuries would not have occurred had the facility simply adhered to applicable rules, laws and regulations, as well as the acceptable standards of practice governing the operation of a skilled nursing facility. Sadly, as a result if the alleged ongoing negligence at Downey Community Health Center, Ira suffered horrendous injuries and died.”

Allegations and Background

According to the lawsuit, Kimble was admitted to Downey Community Health Center on June 29, 2016 after a series of hospitalizations relating to surgeries and therapy for bladder cancer, kidney failure and dialysis complications. It’s alleged that at the time of his admission to Downey Community Health Center was fully aware of all of Kimble’s medical conditions, including bladder cancer, end stage renal disease, hemodialysis and diabetes, and required assistance with ambulation, dressing and personal hygiene.

The lawsuit alleges that the facility did not provide the medical and custodial care Kimble required, and as a result of Downey Community Health Center’s negligence, Kimble became severely dehydrated, causing him to become delirious.

On July 16, 2016, Kimble’s last day at Downey Community Health Center, he notified his family of severe abdominal pain. However, the lawsuit alleges that in its lust for profits, the facility delayed reporting Kimble’s significant changes in condition to his physician by five hours, and took another two and half hours to make a decision on his condition before Kimble was transferred to a general acute care hospital for medical evaluation.

According to the lawsuit, Kimble’s family made the decision to take him to Veterans Affairs Hospital in Long Beach and upon his admission, Kimble was found to be severely dehydrated, as well as suffering from a UTI and a bowel impaction. The lawsuit states that Kimble passed away on August 17, 2016 from complications of infection, a direct result of the facility’s lack of care.