Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Man Dies After Developing Gangrene in Laguna Hills Care Facility

Orange County, Calif. — William Adler, a 93-year-old, non-ambulatory man with severe dementia, was transferred to Verona Court II for 24-hour assistance and supervision with all his activities of daily living, including eating, dressing, toileting, ambulating and administering medications. Verona Court II admitted Adler fully aware that he was a high risk for falls and pressure sores due to his medical conditions; however, the lawsuit alleges that as a result of the facility’s negligence, Adler developed preventable, Stage III or IV pressure sores on his foot and buttocks, which became infected with gangrene. While at the facility, Adler also allegedly suffered at least one traumatic fall and lost approximately 30 pounds in less than 10 months. Unfortunately, Adler never recovered. He succumbed to his injuries and died in March 2017 as the result of the alleged lack of care during his residency.

Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner filed a lawsuit against Verona Court II for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Verona Court II certainly knew, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known, that they did not have the resources or trained staff available to fulfill their promises; however, they allegedly had no intention to provide the care and supervision they assured to William,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Based on what we know now, William’s untimely death would not have occurred had Verona Court II simply adhered to applicable rules, laws and regulations, as well as the acceptable standards of practice governing the operation of a skilled nursing facility. Instead, the facility ignored his needs and withheld required care. William paid the ultimate price for this facility’s relentless pursuit of profit.”

Allegations and Background

When Adler was transferred to Verona Court II in May 2015, the facility was specifically warned that Adler had numerous medical conditions, including a history of colon cancer, dementia and falls.

The lawsuit states that physician’s notes provided to the facility indicated that Adler was at high risk for skin breakdown, leading to pressure sores.  As such, he required constant attention and care to his skin including turning and repositioning his body every two hours, making sure he was clean and dry and free from feces and urine at all times, and making sure he was properly hydrated.

During his stay at Verona Court II, it’s alleged that Adler suffered preventable falls, as well as developed pressure sores which became infected with gangrene and were so excruciatingly painful that Adler could no longer stand to take a shower. The lawsuit alleges that the facility deliberately hid these pressure sores from William’s family and physician through excessive bandaging.

As a result of Adler’s preventable fall, avoidable pressure sores infected with gangrene and significant weight loss, which were suffered at the hands of Verona Court II, Adler’s health declined and culminated in his untimely death.