Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Quadriplegic Woman Falls and Dies Due to Negligence of North Point Healthcare Centre

Los Angeles, Calif. — Luisa Santos Gonzalez, a 75-year-old quadriplegic, was admitted to North Point Healthcare Centre because she was a high risk for falls and required assistance with all daily living activities. Despite enriching themselves by exorbitant demands for fees, North Point ignored the needs of Gonzalez and the Complaint alleges that she was left alone in an unsafe condition and predictably fell causing a severe and traumatic brain injury and death.

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against North Point Healthcare Centre for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“North Point Healthcare Centre represented itself as sufficiently staffed to meet Luisa’s needs, and operating in compliance with all applicable rules, laws and regulations governing the operation of skilled nursing facilities in California; however, these representations were completely false,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Despite its promises, and accepting a large amount of money to care for Luisa, the facility consciously placed her in harm’s way, which resulted in her death. Luisa’s untimely passing could have been avoided if the facility put the residents’ health before its own financial interests.”

Allegations and Background

The lawsuit states that on or about December 2, 2016, Luisa Santos Gonzalez was admitted to North Point Healthcare Centre shortly after suffering a massive stroke which had left her entirely paralyzed and therefore requiring special care including, 24-hour supervision, monitoring and assistance. Through assessment information, family information and physician notes and orders, it’s alleged the facility had complete knowledge of Gonzalez’ condition and were well aware that if they failed to provide her with proper care, there was a high probability that she would suffer injury.

On December 13, 2016, Gonzalez was allegedly found on the floor of her room after the facility nursing staff member assigned to provide what should have been a two-person assist left Gonzalez alone in an unsafe bed position without putting up bed rails. The same facility nursing staff member reported contradicting accounts of the fall. Upon arrival, the lawsuit states that EMTs noted that the air mattress from which Gonzalez fell, did not have a bed sheet. Gonzalez was transferred to Kaiser Hospital in Fresno after she was observed with new facial bruising and broken teeth.

At the hospital, Gonzalez was diagnosed with a brain bleed as well as other injuries, which was the proximate cause of her death on March 21, 2017.

Read full complaint.

To speak with Stephen Garcia, please contact Kathleen Inocentes at kathleen@berbay.com or 310-405-7281.