Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Dies Six Weeks After Admittance to Brea Nursing Facility

Brea, Calif. — Mary Jess, a 76-year-old woman suffering from congestive heart failure, anemia, sepsis, pneumonia and chronic pulmonary disorder, was admitted to Spring Valley Post Acute after spending three weeks in the hospital. Unfortunately, rather than providing the care that Spring Valley Post Acute promised and was paid for, the complaint alleges that the Spring Valley Post Acute allowed Jess to develop five pressure sores, become severely dehydrated, suffer from dramatic and rapid weight loss, and contract multiple infections. As a result of this alleged failure to provide proper care, Jess died from her conditions within six weeks of admittance.

Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner filed a lawsuit against Spring Valley Poste Acute for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“This is about the fourth or fifth lawsuit we have filed against this chain in the last year or so, something is terribly wrong here. Spring Valley Post Acute’s apparent objective was to limit costs at the expense of the health and safety of residents like Mary in an effort to maximize profits,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Based on what we know now, the facility failed to provide the resources or the staff necessary to provide the care that Mary required. As the result of their profit-driven plan, Mary lost her life. This is especially troubling as this facility is a repeat offender and we have been forced to bring a number of actions against them to attempt to correct their behavior. Unfortunately, it appears that the facility’s staff sees this all as the price of doing business.”

Allegations and Background

The lawsuit states that Spring Valley Post Acute was aware of Jess’ myriad of health conditions, and upon admission knew that she was at high risk for skin breakdown. It’s alleged that Jess didn’t receive the required care to reposition her every two hours, make sure she was clean and dry and free from feces and urine at all times, and ensure she was properly hydrated.

As a result of the facility’s alleged negligence, Jess developed five pressure sores that were infected and bandaged with feces-covered material. The lawsuit states that the neglect of the pressure ulcers was so pervasive that Jess needed to have debridement surgery and stoma surgery in order for one of the wounds to heal from the infection.

The lawsuit further states that Spring Valley Post Acute concealed the wound from Jess’ family, and when the family found one of the larger ulcers, the facility refused to provide her family with the contact information for the physician.

It is also alleged that the facility failed to provide Jess with necessary medication to treat her congestive heart failure, withholding her vitamin B12 injections, despite physician’s orders. Moreover, the lawsuit states that Jess fell during her stay at Spring Valley Post Acute; however, the staff never notified her physicians, and instead attempted to lie about it, until Jess’ roommate confirmed the fall.

Jess’ family ultimately demanded she be transferred to a hospital, where the gravity of her infections and her deteriorated condition proved too much for her to handle. Jess died on May 20, 2017.