$1.3 Million Judgment Against Torrance Assisted Living Facility For Elder Abuse

 

$1.3 Million Judgment Against Torrance Assisted Living Facility For Elder Abuse

A Torrance, California assisted living facility (ALF) was hit with a $1.3 million judgment in an elder abuse and wrongful death case, according to a press release.


 
Greenpark Villa, Inc., was sued on behalf of Ruby Walters, who was admitted to the facility after undergoing hip surgery. Walters suffered from dementia and had a Stage I pressure ulcer on her coccyx, according to the press release. At the facility, Walters suffered two falls, which plaintiffs’ counsel alleged was due to understaffing and underfunding. Counsel also alleged Greenpark Villa failed to adequately care for Walters’ pressure ulcer, which evolved into an infected Stage IV wound, the press release stated. Five months after Walters’ second fall, it was discovered that she had a broken hip.


 
In the press release, attorney Stephen M. Garcia said, “It is clear to me that in Mrs. Walters’ case, Greenpark Villa put profits over people. They had neither enough staff nor staff with competency to take care of Mrs. Walters, and she suffered for their lack of care.”


 
The total amount of the judgment was $1,311,93.67. The case was heard in Superior Court of California, South Central before Judge William Barry.

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