Second Lawsuit Filed Against Knolls Convalescent Hospital for Wrongful Death
Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a lawsuit on behalf of Herman Love against Knolls Convalescent Hospital for elder abuse, negligence, negligent hiring and supervision, fraud, and wrongful death. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Love’s death was a direct result of the facility’s negligence, which included the mismanagement of his medication and the development of avoidable pressure ulcers on his tailbone. Additionally, the facility’s administrators and management concocted a scheme to change the facility’s name making it almost impossible for a consumer to learn of the facility’s negligent history.
“This is the second lawsuit I’ve filed against Knolls Convalescent home for wrongful death,” says attorney Stephen Garcia. “How many more residents have to die in order for this facility to start operating legally?”
On October 28, 2014, Mr. Love was admitted to the facility for physical therapy after a surgery and a recent stroke that left him with right and left side weakness. On the first night of his residency, Mr. Love fell out of bed and suffered unknown injuries. The facility’s staff failed to inform Mr. Love’s family or primary care physician, failed to conduct any necessary assessments, or implement any interventions to prevent future falls.
During Mr. Love’s 25-day stay, his family never saw any staff come in and turn or reposition him. They even had to request that someone reposition him; however, they were often told by staff that he was not their assigned resident.
After a few days, Mr. Love became delirious and had hallucinations. Facility staff told Mr. Love’s family that he became combative and was given medication to subdue him; however, this was a lie to overmedicate Mr. Love as a way to restrict his freedom.
Subsequently, Mr. Love went to his surgeon for a follow up appointment. Upon evaluation, the surgeon noticed a significant change in Mr. Love. When the family notified him that Mr. Love was a resident at the facility, he told them to remove him as soon as possible. Mr. Love was discharged on November 21, 2014.
On the date of discharge, a facility nurse handed Mr. Love’s wife all of his medications to take home; however, the nurse ran back to the wife, took two of the medications back stating that he was not supposed to have those medications. Later that evening, Mr. Love passed out after dinner and was admitted to Desert Valley Hospital.
Shortly after admission, Mr. Love passed away on November 22, 2014.