Lawsuit Filed: Elderly Woman Dies at Ventura County Nursing Facility

Ventura, Calif. — Sharon Kay Haley, an elderly woman, was admitted to Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center for assistance with ambulation as well as attentive care to prevent pressure sore formation. Unfortunately, it’s alleged that while Haley was a resident of Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center, the facility’s staff wrongfully withheld the required care she paid for and deserved. As a result, Haley developed preventable pressure sores throughout her body, as well as suffered multiple infections, respiratory failure, septic shock, pneumonia and other severe injuries. Haley’s injuries proved too much for her to endure, and Haley passed away on March 9, 2017.

Garcia & Artigliere filed a lawsuit against Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Based on what we’ve discovered, Sharon’s horrific injuries would not have occurred had Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center adhered to applicable rules, laws and regulations, as well as the acceptable standard of practice governing the operation of a skilled nursing facility,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Unfortunately, it’s clear that the facility substantially ignored her needs and withheld required care which caused her to develop severe and preventable pressure sores, multiple infections and more. The facility’s neglect caused Sharon extensive injuries that resulted in excruciating pain, and ultimately, her untimely death.”

Allegations and Background

According to the lawsuit, Haley was admitted to Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center in January 2016. The lawsuit states that at the time of her admission, Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center was fully aware of all of Haley’s history medical conditions, which included assistance with ambulation, and specific care to prevent pressure sores.

However, it’s alleged that Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center failed to provide even the basic level of care to Haley, including failing to provide proper assistance with hygiene, ensuring she was repositioned and failing to provide proper nutrition.

The lawsuit states that as a predictable result of wrongful withholding of required care, Haley developed avoidable pressure sores throughout her body. In addition, Haley also suffered multiple infections, respiratory failure and swallowing difficulties, which required the insertion of a feeding tube. The facility’s neglect and abuse to Haley was so pervasive that Haley’s tissue had grown into and clogged her feeding tube.

To make matters worse, the lawsuit states that Oxnard Manor Healthcare Center concealed Haley’s injuries from her family by fraudulently asserting that she did not suffer from any pressure sores, infections, swallowing difficulties or respiratory distress.

Unfortunately, Haley’s injuries were too much, and her health rapidly declined, leading to her death on March 9, 2017.