Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Man Suffers Hematoma, Leading to His Death

Bellflower, Calif. — After being admitted to Woodruff Convalescent Center for rehabilitation, Alfredo Alegado allegedly fell multiple times and suffered two subdural hematomas, which the facility concealed from his family and physician, ultimately leading to his death.

Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner filed a lawsuit against Woodruff Convalescent Center for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Upon his admission into Woodruff Convalescent Center, the facility was made well aware of Alfredo’s propensity to wander, making him a high risk for rehabilitating falls and injury, in fact that is one of the primary reasons he was sent to Woodruff,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Woodruff Convalescent Center took the money, but then failed miserably to properly, accurately and completely conduct assessments of Alfredo’s high fall risk and compounded their failure by failing to implement sufficient interventions. Simply, Woodruff Convalescent sadly just failed to properly provide the care Alfredo required and for which they charged a whole lot of money. Then, exacerbating this failure it appears that Woodruff then gathered their forces in an attempt to hide the truth about Alfredo’s care and injuries from his family. This is exactly why the California Legislature enacted the Elder Abuse Act, to bring this type of horrible behavior to light and justice, and that is the point of the lawsuit.”

Allegations and Background

On August 18, 2016, Alegado was admitted to Woodruff Convalescent Center for rehabilitation after being hospitalized due to increased confusion, and a refusal to eat and drink. Upon his admission, the facility was given information by his family and physician stating that Alegado was at a high risk of suffering falls due to his medical conditions, which included dementia.

The lawsuit alleges that the facility wrongfully withheld required care, including 24-hour supervision and monitoring, assistance with ambulation, the provision of safety devices, and the implementation of interventions to prevent falls. The lawsuit also states that the facility did not have competently trained staff to assist Alegado – all of which led to multiple falls.

During his stay, Alegado allegedly fell multiple times, and after each of his falls, the facility failed to conduct any checks to see if he was injured, including a rudimentary neurological check which is required by law. The facility also allegedly failed to update his care plan to prevent additional falls and covered up the existence of the many accidents. The lawsuit states the falls continued unabated until November 2, 2016 when Alegado suffered a serious fall.

The lawsuit alleges that the facility called Alegado’s daughter stating that a nurse found her father on the floor bleeding and unconscious, and called 911. When his daughter questioned the facility about the incident, the facility allegedly lied, stating that Alegado had been wheeling himself in his wheelchair when he fell and hit his head.

Sadly, upon his admission to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Alegado’s family was informed that he had two subdural hematomas – one that appeared to be new and one that appeared to be older. Alegado was forced to have surgery to remove the hematomas from his brain. Unfortunately, his injuries and surgery were too much for him to bear, and his health rapidly declined. Alegado developed pneumonia and passed away on December 4, 2016.

To speak with Stephen Garcia, please contact Amy Rossetti at amy@berbay.com or 310-405-7330.