Napa Valley Register Reports on Lawsuit Against Napa Residential Care Facility for Elder Abuse & Negligence

As published in Napa Valley Register, we filed a lawsuit against Aegis Assisted Living of Napa on behalf of Jacquelene Hodnett for elder abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

Hodnett had previously been a resident of Aegis Assisted Living of Napa for two years, and after suffering a fall and undergoing surgery for a broken hip, she was readmitted to the facility. Upon her readmittance, Hodnett, who also suffered from dementia, now required 24-hour skilled nursing care, which as a residential care facility, Aegis Assisted Living of Napa could not legally provide. It’s alleged that the facility knowingly readmitted her despite this, and then wrongfully withheld the care she required. Hodnett fell and fractured both legs and developed bedsores so severe that her bone was exposed, and she had to undergo a painful skin debridement procedure.

“By readmitting Jacquelene to Aegis Assisted Living of Napa, the facility assumed responsibility for her care and supervision, but by virtue of being chronically understaffed and poorly run by management, the facility failed to provide her with basic services and adequate supervision, as stated in our Complaint,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “The Complaint alleges that in the interest of untoward profit over resident care, facility management made a conscious decision to take Jacquelene’s money and then deny her the adequate care she required. Further, the facility’s failure to correct the problems, which were documented in the Department of Social Services’ records, included their inability to properly train and staff the facility which led directly to Jacquelene’s fall and resulting injuries.”

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