Patient Suffers Injuries Due to Long Beach Facility’s Neglect

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center of Anaheim located in Long Beach, California, for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit alleges that the facility severely neglected one of its residents, Hattie Griffin, causing her to suffer from a series of avoidable pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections and significant weight loss.

“Rather than providing Hattie with the care needed to address the conditions for which she was transferred to the facility, the staff utterly ignored Hattie’s needs,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “They withheld required care, causing her to become malnourished and resulting in unwarranted weight loss.”

In March 2015, Ms. Griffin was admitted to Windsor Gardens Convalescent Center because she was no longer able to be cared for at home. Prior to her admission, Ms. Griffin lived with her family; however, she suffered from severe dementia, causing her to be dependent on others for all activities of daily living. Additionally, Ms. Griffin was a diabetic and had a history of strokes and heart attacks.

Ms. Griffin’s myriad of various medical conditions rendered her a high risk for pressure sore development. She also had impaired mobility, trouble eating and incontinence of both bowel and bladder. The facility knew that Ms. Griffin required special care, which included repositioning her body every two hours; floating her heels to take pressure off of them; keeping her clean and dry from feces and urine; and making sure she was properly hydrated and nourished.

Throughout Ms. Griffin’s residency, staff simply refused to provide her with the care she required. As a result of the facility’s objective to cut costs and maximize profits, they did not have the resources to turn and reposition Ms. Griffin every two hours as required, nor to float her heels to relieve pressure.

As a result of the facility’s failure to do this, Ms. Griffin began exhibiting a further decline in her overall condition, developing pressure sores on her heel and buttocks. With a complete disregard for the truth and in an attempt to fraudulently deceive Ms. Griffin’s family, the facility asserted that they were properly treating the sores. However, these assertions were untrue and her wounds began to worsen. In an attempt to cover up their offense even further, the facility placed a sock on Ms. Griffin’s wounds to conceal the extent of the pressure sore.

The facility allowed Ms. Griffin to lie in filth, soaked in her own excrement, and frequently declined to bathe or change her. Additionally, Ms. Griffin was supposed to receive daily physical therapy treatment at the facility to improve her range of motion. However, none was provided to her. As a result, she now has contractures in her legs and feet, and can no longer ambulate.

Predictably, as a result of this continued course of at least 12 months of neglect, Ms. Griffin suffered a series of ulcers, urinary tract infections and significant weight loss of approximately 30 pounds.