Napa Valley Care Center Sued for Elder Abuse

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Petunia Holdings, LLC, doing business as Napa Valley Care Center, for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit alleges that Albert Carl Henderson developed multiple pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, bruising and lacerations as a result of the facility’s negligence.

“The wrongful withholding of required services to Mr. Henderson was the result of the facility’s plan to cut costs at the expense of their residents,” says Attorney Stephen Garcia. “The staff was not properly trained or qualified to care for the elders whose lives were entrusted to them.”

In 2013, Mr. Henderson was admitted to Napa Valley Care Center for rehabilitation after treatment for a blood clot in his leg. Upon admission, Mr. Henderson suffered from several significant medical conditions, including diabetes, prostate cancer and an irregular heartbeat. Additionally, Mr. Henderson was wheelchair-bound and needed to be fed through a gastrostomy tube. Because of his tenuous medical condition, Mr. Henderson was transferred to the facility specifically to address and prevent his risk of pressure sore development.

Throughout his stay at Napa Valley Care Center, Mr. Henderson’s needs were purposely ignored by both the facility and its staff members. Just 30 days into his residency, the facility stopped providing him with physical therapy. The nursing assistants did not provide range of motion each day as required, and Mr. Henderson’s condition deteriorated so drastically that he became bedbound. One male staff member verbally and psychologically abused Mr. Henderson by yelling and punching him. Another resident reported the male staff member’s behavior to the facility’s administrators, but no disciplinary action was taken.

On multiple occasions, staff members failed to promptly, accurately and properly create and implement care plans to prevent infections. The facility’s staff was undertrained and understaffed and as a result, Mr. Henderson suffered from recurring urinary tract infections due to poor catheter care. The nursing assistants were so under-qualified that they attempted to remove a condom catheter from Mr. Henderson, and in the process cut chunks of skin out of his penis. Additionally, staff members would not respond to his call light and would leave him soiled in bed for hours. Furthermore, the staff did not properly flush Mr. Henderson’s gastrostomy tube, leading him to develop a severe infection.

As a result of that infection, on November 5, 2015, Mr. Henderson was transferred to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where he continues to suffer severe pain from the injuries he sustained while at Napa Valley Care Center.