Family Files Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Woman Dies

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The family of a former resident of Brius Healthcare Services nursing home in California says their relative died after staff failed to address fecal matter build-up in the woman over the course of months. The nursing home wrongful death lawsuit alleges that Granada Rehabilitation, owned by Brius, neglected the dementia patient’s condition. Jeanette S. ultimately had to be rushed to surgery and 3.4 liters of material was removed from her system. Sadly, the woman died the next day.

“Jeannette was in excruciating pain yet was not provided pain relief,” alleges the nursing home wrongful death lawsuit. “No one gave an enema or checked to see why her stomach was distended.”

According to the complaint, the fecal build-up in the resident was not discovered by nursing home staff until April 3, 2017. The resident required surgery to remove the build-up, that the complaint notes made her look eight months pregnant, but died due to the severity of her condition shortly after.

nursing home abuse more common that previously thoughtThis is not the first allegation of nursing home neglect to hit Brius Healthcare Services. In 2016 and 2017, two other nursing home wrongful death lawsuits alleged that understaffing of the nursing homes caused the death of two other patients.

Another lawsuit filed in 2017 alleged that nursing home staff sent a resident to a hotel abandoning him without notifying his family.

“Due to patient privacy laws, we simply cannot comment about any individual or individual’s care,” a spokesperson for Brius told the Times-Standard about the nursing home wrongful death lawsuit. “With respect to the legal matter, we intend to vigorously defend against all allegations of improper care. We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for each and every one of our residents.”

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

A recent report to Congress detailed the startling extent of nursing home abuse and neglect in the nation. According to the report, 1,601 cases of nursing home abuse were so severe that they caused actual harm to residents or placed the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.

Nursing home abuse includes:

  • Untreated bedsores
  • Inadequate medical care
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Preventable accidents
  • Inadequate sanitation and hygiene

The report also found that the rate of citations for physical and sexual abuse and instances of abuse in nursing homes appears to be increasing. Some of the cases described in the report include nursing home staff physically and/or sexually abusing residents. In addition to the psychological damage, some residents suffered fractures, lacerations and other severe physical injuries at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them.

If you or loved one suffered nursing home abuse or even death, contact the attorneys at McDonald Worley.

Note: McDonald Worley is not representing the plaintiff in this lawsuit.