Family of deceased nursing home patient sues Motion Picture & Television Fund for negligence
The family of an 89-year-old resident of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's nursing home who died after falling down a stairwell is suing the charity for negligence.
A recent lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys alleges nursing staff failed to properly monitor Carrie Delay, a wheelchair-bound patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease who fell off a landing between the first and second floors of the Woodland Hills nursing home in October. Delay fractured her spine and sustained other injuries from the incident that caused her death a week later.
The suit is seeking unspecified punitive damages for wrongful death, elderly abuse and negligence.
A spokeswoman for the fund declined to comment.
The incident was the most serious to date at the skilled nursing facility, which has faced complaints from residents and family members alleging a deteriorating quality of care since the fund announced plans to shut down the nursing home and hospital (the fund's board now plans to turn over the operation to Catholic hospital chain Providence Health & Services).
The fund was recently fined $10,000 by the California Department of Public Health for failing to prevent multiple falls by a patient in the facility's unit for Alzheimer's patients. And last year, the agency imposed a $7,500 fine against the fund for failing to prevent a serious head injury to an 87-year-old resident.
-- Richard Verrier