Lawsuit Filed: North Hollywood Nursing Home Accused of Elder Abuse

North Hollywood, Calif.— North Hollywood skilled nursing facility, Corona Care Health Center, was well aware that Fredrick Collier was prone to falling and required assistance with daily activities when they accepted him as a resident. Unfortunately, it’s alleged that Corona Care Health Center’s goal was to maximize profits at the expense of the health and safety of residents by understaffing the facility and undertraining what little staff there was. As a result, Collier suffered a hip fracture after multiple, unnecessary falls, and fell victim to physical abuse by several of the facility’s staff members.

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Corona Care Health Center for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision.

“Corona Care Health Center accepted responsibility for Frederick even though they were not properly equipped to care for or supervise him,” said attorney Stephen Garcia. “Not surprisingly, he suffered terrible injuries, which occur when a facility is more focused on maximizing unlawful profits at the expense of residents. No one should ever have to experience this kind of substandard care from the very facilities that should be caring for and protecting them.”

Allegations & Background

Collier was admitted to Corona Care Health Center after suffering a multitude of falls. He was prescribed a series of pain medications, was non-ambulatory and wheelchair bound, and required assistance with all activities of daily living. The facility received him fully aware of his conditions.

The lawsuit alleges that the facility failed to implement proper interventions and did not have competently trained staff in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of Collier and prevent him from falls—the primary reason he was admitted to Corona Care Health Center. The devices that the facility promised yet failed to provide, such as a call light, bed alarm and lap buddy, are some of the most basic precautions a facility could take.

The lawsuit alleges that the facility had been cited on multiple occasions for failure to develop comprehensive care plans for its residents and failure to provide adequate supervision – a direct violation of state and federal laws and regulations.

Throughout his residency, Collier sustained multiple falls, including when he attempted to get out of bed. The fall was documented by the facility; however, the lawsuit alleges that the facility failed to create any new interventions for Collier’s care. The lawsuit also states that the facility documented four other falls that Collier suffered, yet had no corresponding care plans for any of the falls.

In late September 2015, Collier suffered a fall as a result of the facility’s blatant negligence. The fall resulted in a hip fracture.

Later, in July 2016, Collier’s niece received a call from the facility stating that he had suffered an “assisted fall.” The lawsuit alleges that the caller implied Collier started swinging at a nursing assistant and she pushed him. As a result of this encounter, Collier suffered multiple contusions on his leg, ribs, arm and hand.

Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that several of the facility’s employees became abusive toward Collier, which resulted in multiple physical assaults. The facility was aware of the propensity of these employees to be abusive to the residents and had previously received similar complaints, yet allowed the abuse to continue.