Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Man Suffers Multiple Falls at San Joaquin County Nursing Facility

San Joaquin, Calif. — 91-year-old Juan Tornero was transferred to Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center for rehabilitation and recovery after a fall in his home that resulted in a hematoma on his brain. In addition to being a high fall risk, Tornero also suffered from diabetes and required prescription blood thinners. He also had a history of Alzheimer’s, which impaired his memory and caused him to wander if left unsupervised. Unfortunately, it’s alleged that rather than providing Tornero with the care the facility promised and was well paid for, Manteca Care failed to protect him from suffering preventable falls, one of which resulted in a fractured hip.

Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner filed a lawsuit against Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“When Juan entered Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center, the facility was well aware of his medical history, but it appears that throughout the course of his stay, Juan’s true needs were ignored while all the while the facility pocketed the money they were paid to provide proper care to Juan,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Juan’s injuries were entirely preventable had there been sufficient staff on duty, in both number and competency, to implement the protections required by their own care plan. Unfortunately, Juan’s suffering is the predictable result of the Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center’s focus on profits over the needs of the residents.”

Allegations and Background

In early May 2017, Tornero suffered a fall at home resulting in a hematoma on his brain. He underwent brain surgery and was transferred to Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center for rehabilitation. At the time of admission, the lawsuit states that he was wearing a bracelet that indicated he was at risk of falling and was unable to walk without the assistance of a walker.

It’s alleged that Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center knew of Tornero’s conditions when he was admitted and was well aware that he required assistance with all of his activities of daily living, including eating, bathing and toileting. However, the lawsuit states that despite this knowledge, Tornero suffered multiple traumatic falls during his stay at the facility, including one resulting in a fractured hip that required surgery.

The lawsuit also states that Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center subjected Tornero to extended periods of unnecessary pain following surgery despite his physician’s orders to take specific pain relieving medications.

Furthermore, it’s alleged that Tornero was subjected to filthy and unsanitary living conditions. The lawsuit states that during a visit, Tornero’s family noticed that used and dirty diapers were placed on his bedtable next to his water by Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center’s staff.