Napa Valley Register Reports on Lawsuit Against Napa Valley Care Center

As published in Napa Valley Register, Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Napa Valley Care Center on behalf of Frances Blanton for elder abuse and negligent hiring and supervision.

Blanton was transferred to the facility for rehabilitation, and to prevent further injury and illness after falling at home and fracturing her pelvis. In the three weeks Blanton spent at the facility, the suit alleges the staff ignored her needs and did not provide the necessary care Blanton needed, which ultimately led to her death.

The lawsuit states that while at the facility, Blanton suffered from severe malnourishment, dehydration and weight loss. Less than a week from being released, Blanton died due to cardiac arrest, as well as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

“Based on what we’ve discovered, Frances’ horrific injuries would not have occurred had Napa Valley Care Center adhered to applicable rules, laws and regulations, as well as the acceptable standard of practice governing the operation of a skilled nursing facility,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “Unfortunately, it’s clear that the facility’s staff substantially ignored her needs and withheld required care so as to allow her to suffer multiple pressure sores, malnourishment and dehydration. As a result of the lack of care driven by a culture of putting profits over patients, the facility’s apparent neglect caused Frances extensive injuries that resulted in excruciating pain, and ultimately, her untimely death.”

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