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Lawsuit Says County Medical Facility Conceals Neglect By Doctoring Records

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A lawsuit filed in California state court claims that employees at the Los Angeles County Medical Center tried to conceal violations of the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, by deliberately mischaracterizing bedsores as a skin rash.

The elder abuse lawsuit alleges that Irene Garcia’s mother Esperanza quickly developed bedsores while she was a patient there for several day in October 2010, because employees at the medical facility let her lay in bodily waster for long periods of time.

Garcia’s lawsuit said the facility failed to implement preventative measures of turning and cleaning Esperanza,  even though they knew she was at a high risk for skin breakdown. Then, employees attempted to cover up the properly documented bedsores, “recharacterizing” them as skin rash.

When Esperanza’s condition deteriorated beyond treatment, her family took her from the medical center and she died one day later. In the lawsuit, Garcia names the medical center, LA County and 100 agents and employees of the medical center as liable for elder abuse.

The lawsuit seeks general and special damages for Esperanza’s pain and suffering, as well as attorney fees and costs.
 disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Says County Medical Facility Conceals Neglect By Doctoring Records was posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 7:50 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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