Orange County Nursing Home Sued for Wrongful Death
The heirs of an elderly nursing home resident have sued the nursing home for causing the death of their father Oliver Shrock. The lawsuit alleges that caregivers at Kindred Healthcare Center in Orange County ignored the family's warnings that Shrock was at risk for falling, and failing to take appropriate fall precautions, such as using a bed alarm. On July 14, 2008, just two months after his admission into the facility, Shrock fell and struck his head. He died four days later.
The California Department of Public Health investigated the 77-year-old's death and concluded that the resident's death was caused by the nursing home's negligent care. A AA citation was issued, and an $85,000 assessed.
According to the lawsuit, Shrock fell shortly after admission, and that while some fall interventions were taken, they were used sporadically. For example, a bed alarm was used on Shrock, but only occasionally. The visiting daughters would repeatedly after to remind the facility to use it. Sadly, on the day of the fall, the bed alarm was not in place. It was the day Shrock was going to go home.
The lawsuit says that "A nurse assistant discovered Shrock on the floor bleeding from his head and she did not know how long he had been lying on the floor." The family's lawyer Anthony Lanzone said the lawsuit was filed to hold the nursing home accountable.
Source: Orange County Register
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