Superior Court Finds Assisted Living Facility At Fault For Patient’s Death

by Staff Blogger | March 11th, 2013

March 11, 2013

One of the largest assisted living facility companies in the nation, Emeritus Corp, is responsible for the wrongful death and Nursing Home Abuse of an 82-year-old woman who died under the company’s care. According to the Insurance Journal, the court must now decide how much to award the plaintiffs in damages.

The victim was admitted to the facility after she received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Within months though, she had to be checked into a local hospital due to her deteriorating health. It was there that several bedsores developed on the woman’s body. The victim died several weeks later, from what the coroner determined to be complications from the bedsores.

The woman’s family soon filed the lawsuit against the facility, claiming its policies regarding training and staffing were the direct cause of the woman’s death. The suit alleged the hospital often left patients unattended to for extended periods of time due to staffing shortages. Also, the staff members that were on-hand were often under-trained for the situations they were put in. The suit went on to claim the nursing facilities policies were only made to cut costs.

The California Personal Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers can acknowledge the frustration that accompanies the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence. That is why the firm is hopeful the decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the tragedy for the family and friends of the victim.