Los Angeles-Based Care Facility Sued for Elder Abuse

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Garden Crest Residential Care Facility for elder abuse, negligence, negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit alleges that the facility’s inattention and carelessness caused Sylvia Valdez to suffer numerous falls and injuries.

“The defendants failed to ensure Ms. Valdez’s safety,” said attorney Stephen Garcia. “The facility’s inability to train and provide the appropriate amount of staff caused Ms. Valdez to suffer unnecessary injuries.”

Prior to her admittance to Garden Crest Residential Care Facility, Ms. Valdez suffered from multiple sclerosis, a weak heart, difficulty breathing and kidney failure. The facility knew about her conditions through assessment information, input from family members and physicians’ notes, and was well aware that she was at a high risk for falls. Despite having this knowledge, staff members disregarded it and withheld required care from Ms. Valdez, including 24-hour supervision and monitoring, the provision of safety and aid devices, and assistance with daily activities.

On September 12, 2015, Ms. Valdez was left unattended and suffered a serious fall sometime around 1:00 a.m. Instead of treating Ms. Valdez with the emergent care she needed, staff members left her to suffer in pain for hours while they attempted to contrive a story to cover up their misconduct. When Ms. Valdez was finally transferred to a hospital, she was diagnosed with a fractured femur and facial trauma.