Recently there was an article in the paper about a Costa Mesa nursing home that was fined $75,000 for violations that led to a patient's death. The man died from an undetected ruptured intestinal ulcer and infection. He was at the facility recovering from a broken hip surgery.
A couple of weeks after he arrived at the facility, the staff documented that he complained of a painful abdomen and loss of appetite. It was also noted by his family that he seemed lethargic in addition to the pain he suffered.
The nursing home is appealing the fine, claiming their staff had not caused the man's death. California Department of Public Health is saying that the staff failed to contact the man's doctor once he started showing symptoms of the life-threatening condition. Five days after the first symptoms appeared, he was found without a pulse and died shortly after. It was determined that the rupture occurred a week to three days before he died.
The family said he was supposed to be at the facility for only 30 days. If something like this happens to someone you love, contact an experienced San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who will make sure justice is served.