Santa Clara Facility Sued for Elder Abuse and Negligence

Santa Clara, Calif. – Daniel Hernandez Sr.’s family expected Valley House Rehabilitation Center to provide quality care when they checked him into the facility. Instead, the staff and administration neglected his health and safety, and fraudulently concealed his illnesses.

“Daniel’s health issues were compounded by the facility’s negligence and wrongful withholding of care,” said Attorney Stephen Garcia. “The facility failed to notice, report and respond to Daniel’s emerging signs of infection and caused a completely preventable pressure ulcer to develop.”

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit against Valley House Rehabilitation Center for elder abuse and negligence. The suit states that prior to entering the facility, Hernandez suffered from a myriad of medical ailments, including dementia, glaucoma, low thyroid and diabetes. He was also admitted to prevent infection as he was recovering from shingles, pneumonia and cellulitis, and was to be placed in isolation.

Upon admission, Hernandez was forced into a room without isolation and with a roommate who had significant infection-laden pressure sores. When confronted by complaints from Hernandez’s family, the staff falsely asserted that there was no infection risk.

Later, when the facility finally acceded to the complaints of family members, they moved Hernandez to another room, but this time with a resident who had open sores and bacterial problems. When once again confronted by Hernandez’s family, the facility threatened them, saying they would ship Hernandez away.

From day one, the facility treated Hernandez as nothing more than a revenue source, and ignored his health and safety issues. Subsequently, he became increasingly unresponsive and sedentary, which rendered him an increasing risk for the development of pressure sores, a risk the facility ignored.

The facility allowed Hernandez to sit in his urine-soaked bed, which was ignored for significant periods of time. As a result, Hernandez developed a severe and avoidable pressure sore.