Paradise Post Reports on Lawsuit Against Paradise Nursing Facility; Lawsuit Alleges Elderly Woman’s Bedsore Became Infected with E. Coli Bacteria Due to the Facility’s Negligence

As published in Paradise Post, we filed a lawsuit against Atria Paradise on behalf of Maria Coffman for dependent adult abuse, and negligent hiring and supervision.

It’s alleged that while she was a resident of the facility, Coffman developed a severe pressure sore on her back that was left untreated. Staff did not inform Coffman’s family or physician about the sore and when they finally did inform them, staff minimized its severity. As a result of this alleged willful negligence, the pressure sore became infected with E. coli, requiring that Coffman be hospitalized.

According to the lawsuit, Atria Paradise, a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), admitted Coffman despite her need levels and health conditions prohibiting the facility from retaining her as a resident of their nonmedical RCFE. The alleged lack of care afforded to Coffman resulted from the facility’s plot to increase the operators’ profits at the expense of residents.

“Maria was admitted to Atria Paradise with the understanding that she would be adequately cared for by facility staff. Instead, the facility which was entrusted with her care, knowingly and wrongfully withheld promised care to Maria,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “California and federal statutes and regulations set forth the clear safety rules that an RCFE must follow to protect the health and safety of its residents. Everyone involved in the care of RCFE residents know these rules and understand that adherence to these rules is important because they are designed to keep elderly and frail residents safe. And yet, these important regulations were flagrantly violated by Atria Paradise in their dealings with Maria. The facility knew that violating these safety rules would, and did, put Maria and other residents at a high risk for injury. This was evidenced by the facilities significant history of being issued deficiencies by the Department of Social Services for failing to provide care to its residents in conformity with these known rules.”

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