Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Develops Scabies at Napa Care Facility

Napa, Calif., — After suffering a stroke and undergoing surgery for a subsequent leg fracture, Jeanne Roney was admitted to Golden Living Center Napa for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it’s alleged that Golden Living Center Napa accepted responsibility for Roney even though they did not have the allotted staff to properly care for her and prevent further injuries. As a result of their alleged negligence, Roney suffered multiple falls and injuries including scabies, a urinary tract infection and malnutrition, all of which led to her eventual death.

Garcia & Artigliere & Faulkner filed a lawsuit against Golden Living Center Napa for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Unfortunately, it’s alleged that Golden Living Center Napa failed to provide sufficient staff in number or in training to properly care for Jeanne, resulting in several serious injuries and eventually her death,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Golden Living Center charged top dollar for care and then failed to hire and retain sufficient and competent staff to provide required care to Jeanne in order to prevent further injury. The predictable result of this focus on profits over the needs of the residents of Golden Living Center caused Jeanne to greatly suffer, which could have been barred had the facility provided its legally mandated care.”

Allegations and Background

In 2011, Roney suffered a stroke and was admitted to Queen of the Valley Hospital. While she was at the hospital, she fell and fractured her leg, requiring surgery. She was then transferred to Golden Living Center Napa for rehabilitation.

The lawsuit alleges that upon her admission, the facility maintained that they were aware of her condition and were sufficiently staffed and equipped with the resources to manager her care. However, the lawsuit states that the facility failed to provide Roney with even the most basic of care including, failing to provide IV antibiotic therapy, failing to evaluate her condition, and failing to timely provide and implement interventions to address the development of potential infections. As a result of the facility’s negligence, Roney developed a urinary tract infection.

The urinary tract infection became so severe that Roney had to be hospitalized. The lawsuit also states that she was diagnosed as being severely dehydrated and septic. The urinary tract infection was so severe that it could not be cured with oral antibiotics. Instead, the hospital left an IV port so she could receive IV antibiotic treatment for the infection. However, the lawsuit alleges that the facility failed to provide the required antibiotic therapy to Roney, and failed to timely and competently evaluate her clinical conditions.

As a result of the facility’s negligence, Roney’s condition deteriorated and she had to be transferred back to the hospital on January 8, 2017. While at the hospital, Roney was diagnosed with severe case of scabies. The infestation was so severe that the hospital contacted the California Department of Public Health to make a complaint. Roney passed away nine days later on January 17, 2017.