Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Develops Multiple Pressure Sores at Los Angeles County Facility

Los Angeles, Calif. — Betty Puckett, a 67-year-old diabetic woman, entered Los Palos Convalescent Center for rehabilitation and to return home following hip replacement surgery. Despite being fully aware of the reality that given the sedentary nature of an elder post-surgery creating a real and present danger of the development of horrific and painful pressure sores, rather than providing required care Los Palos Convalescent Center just plain failed to properly address the care needs and allowed Puckett developed avoidable pressure sores throughout her body.

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

“Based on what we know now, it’s appears that Los Palos Convalescent Center and its staff neglected Betty and disregarded her known risks,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Disturbingly this is not the first time our office has encountered such abysmal care of an elder by Los Palos Convalescent Center. In fact, this misconduct by Los Palos appears to be repetitive and likely systemic. And as we have seen previously with other elders, the Complaint alleges that rather than disclose pressure sores that Betty developed in Los Palos, that Los Palos Convalescent Center fraudulently concealed and from the family Betty’s injuries in the hopes that it would never become known.”

Allegations and Background

According to the lawsuit, Puckett was admitted to Los Palos Convalescent Center in September 2017 for rehabilitation after undergoing hip replacement surgery. The complaint states that prior to Puckett’s admission, the facility was fully aware that Puckett’s immobile condition rendered her a high risk for pressure sores.

Although Los Palos Convalescent Center knew that Puckett required assistance with activities of daily living, the facility’s staff allegedly failed to reposition Puckett every two hours, make sure she was clean and dry and free from feces and urine at all times and make sure she was properly hydrated.

The lawsuit states that Los Palos Convalescent Center utterly ignored Puckett’s needs and withheld required care so as to cause her to develop multiple pressure sores throughout her body, including her coccyx, sacrum and buttocks areas. To make matters worse, the facility fraudulently concealed Puckett’s pressure sores from her family by allegedly asserting that she did not suffer from any pressure sores.

The complaint states that Puckett also suffered infections, body paralysis and significant medication errors while a resident of Los Palos Convalescent Center.