Long Beach Nursing Facility Sued for Wrongful Death, Elder Abuse and Negligence

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Covenant Care California, known as Catered Manor Nursing Center, on behalf of Barbara Boysen, a woman who died from an infection as a result of a pressure sore obtained while staying at the 24-hour skilled nursing facility. Covenant Care management was aware that the facility was understaffed and underqualified, yet continued to accept patients they couldn’t care for.

Ms. Boysen had been transferred to Catered Manor Nursing Center in 2011 and stayed at the facility for several years. In May 2015, the facility began to wrongfully withhold care to promote mobility, even though they were aware of Ms. Boysen’s limited range of motion.

“The staff ignored Ms. Boysen’s obvious risk for the development of pressure sores,” says attorney Stephen Garcia. “She was left alone without proper care, and Catered Manor needs to make the necessary improvements to ensure that this does not happen again.”

The complaint alleges that during Ms. Boysen’s stay at Catered Manor, she developed a painful pressure sore after staff neglectfully left her in a wheelchair against the wall for hours on end without movement. Although the facility was aware that she needed to be repositioned every two hours, provided an air mattress to relieve pressure and kept clean and dry, Ms. Boysen did not receive any of the required care.

Staff did not notice that Ms. Boysen had developed a pressure sore until it had advanced to Stage II. At that time, they attempted to conceal the issue from her family, stating that Ms. Boysen only had the “potential for impaired skin integrity.” The facility did not create a plan of care focusing on reducing pressure sores until December—almost three full months after the pressure sore had initially been found.

No measures were taken to prevent infection in Ms. Boysen’s wound, which rapidly progressed to Stage IV. Once the infection developed, Ms. Boysen lived only for a few more months. Ultimately, the neglect she suffered while in the care of Catered Manor Nursing Center resulted in her untimely death.