Patient Suffers Multiple Falls and Injuries as a Result of Facility’s Negligence
Lomita, Calif. — Fred Sakurai was a high risk for falls and was therefore admitted to Sunshine Home Care II for 24-hour supervision and monitoring. However, the facility failed to provide the required supervision necessary to keep him safe, thus resulting in several serious falls and injuries.
“The facility maintained that they were aware of Fred’s condition and that they were sufficiently staffed to manage his well-being,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “They were given ample information from both his wife and medical documents stating that he was a high risk for falls and injury, yet utterly ignored his needs and withheld required care.”
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Sunshine Home Care II for elder abuse, negligence, and negligent hiring and supervision. The lawsuit states that upon Sakurai’s admission to the facility in April 2016, the facility knew and accepted that he would require extensive assistance with all of his activities of daily living. They were also aware that Sakurai had a myriad of medical conditions, including dementia, diabetes and hypothyroidism – all of which contributed to his problems with balance.
In fact, the primary reason that Sakurai was admitted to the facility was to protect him from falls and to properly assist him with ambulation and transfers. The facility was explicitly warned by Sakurai’s wife and through medical documents about his tendencies to get out of bed and wander when left unattended. However, the facility neglected these known propensities and continuously left Sakurai unattended.
On April 27, 2016, after a doctor’s appointment, Sakurai returned to the facility where his wife was waiting for him. He immediately started complaining of pain in his left leg, and he was unable to stand. Sakurai’s wife requested an X-ray and testing to see if he was experiencing internal bleeding, but the facility refused to contact a physician. Instead, they placed him back into bed, where he laid in excruciating pain for the remainder of the day and through the night. By the next morning, his pain was unbearable and his leg had swelled to twice its normal size.
Finally, after 24 hours of denying Sakurai care, the facility notified his physician and obtained an order to transfer him to the hospital for X-rays and blood tests. Once Sakurai arrived at the hospital, it was determined that he had suffered a fracture and would need to undergo surgery.
The hospital recommended that Sakurai not return to the facility due to its abject negligence; however, his wife was unable to locate another one with a private room. Sakurai was left with no other option than to return to Sunshine Home Care II.
On July 2, 2016, a nurse from the facility called Sakurai’s wife and informed her that Sakurai had sustained another fall. This time, he landed on his head, which already had subdural hematomas from the previous falls.
The accumulation of falls that Sakurai suffered has left him in a state where he is now unable to move unassisted, has difficulty communicating and his dementia has worsened.