Lawsuit Filed: Orange County Nursing Facility Sued for Negligence

Dana Point, Calif.– After suffering from a fractured femur, Diana Khnanisho was transferred to Valencia Gardens Health Care Center for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it’s alleged that the facility accepted responsibility for Khnanisho even though they were understaffed and insufficiently trained to provide proper care. As a result of the facility’s negligence, not only did Khnanisho develop a serious pressure sore, but they unlawfully discharged her while aware that she had an open wound that required care and attention.

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

“Rather than providing required care to address the conditions for which Diana was transferred to Valencia Gardens Health Care Center, they substantially ignored her needs and withheld required care so as to allow and cause her to develop a terribly painful and completely avoidable pressure sore,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Based on what we have seen so far, it also appears that Valencia Gardens illegally discharged Diana, claiming that her health had sufficiently improved even though it was just the opposite. The horrific injury allegedly suffered by Diana at the hands of Valencia Gardens is yet another example of the inherently dangerous, yet all too common practice of understaffing and underfunding at medical facilities.”

Allegations and Background

On December 31, 2016, Khnanisho fell at her home and fractured her femur, which required surgery. After the operation, she was transferred to Valencia Gardens Health Care Center for rehabilitation.

Upon her admission, the facility maintained that they were aware of her medical conditions, which rendered her susceptible to the development of pressure sores. However, the lawsuit alleges that the facility failed to provide even the basic level of care to Khnanisho, including failing to provide proper assistance with hygiene, ensuring she was repositioned and failing to provide proper nutrition.

As a result of the facility’s chronic understaffing and negligence, the lawsuit alleges that Khnanisho developed a severe pressure sore on her heel. To make matters worse, the lawsuit states that rather than providing care and attention to treat her emergent conditions, the facility illegally discharged her while she still had an open wound and was unable to walk.

Furthermore, the lawsuit states that the facility attempted to obtain a release of claims from Khnanisho in an unlawful manner. When her daughter requested medical records from the facility, she was provided a form for Khnanisho to sign, which allegedly contained a release of all claims against the facility.