Patient Suffers Fractured Bones and Internal Bleeding as a Result of Facility’s Negligence
Redlands, Calif. — Blossom Grove Alzheimer’s Special Care Center accepted responsibility for Chun Hung Lau; however, their lack of supervision and negligence resulted in Lau suffering multiple falls that caused several fractured bones.
“The facility knew that if they failed to provide Chun Hung with required care and supervision, there was a high probability that he would suffer injury,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “They disregarded this known risk, directly leading to his injuries.”
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Blossom Grove Alzheimer’s Special Care Center for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit states that, in April 2016, after developing dementia and moderate Alzheimer’s disease, Lau was admitted into the facility to receive assistance with his medical conditions, as well as for confusion and problems with balance that were caused by the myriad of medications he was taking.
Upon Lau’s admission, the facility was well aware through assessment information, family information and physician’s notes that Lau was at high risk for falling, therefore requiring special care. However, the facility failed to create and implement proper care plans to prevent Lau from suffering falls.
Throughout Lau’s stay, staff noticed that his health declined so much that he required 24-hour assistance with all his activities of daily living. Yet staff failed to reassess his condition to determine whether he was fit to remain at the facility.
On July 1, 2016, Lau suffered a fall while he was left unsupervised. It resulted in severe injuries to his chest and internal organs. Rather than reporting that Lau had been injured during a fall, the facility concealed that fact. They later contacted 911 and reported that Lau was complaining of chest pain.
Upon his arrival at the hospital, Lau was diagnosed with severe injuries, including a fractured sternum and ribs, as well as internal bleeding of the lungs and other organs. The injuries were so severe that he had to undergo surgery to have a chest tube implanted to drain blood and fluid from his lungs. He remained in ICU for one week.
The hospital staff did not understand how such traumatic and severe injuries could have resulted from a simple complaint of chest pains. They suspected abuse and reported their observances to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Adult Protective Services.