A really horrific case of nursing home neglect was recently reported regarding a County-run nursing home in California. The case involved the death of 50-year-old, Alton Stovall who died from a bleed he sustained after falling from his bed at Edgemoor Hospital in March of last year.
According to an investigation completed by California authorities, Mr. Stovall went without any medical attention for more than 40 minutes with obvious injuries. Despite calls for help from other patients at the nursing home, the nurses never responded to his care.
The ombudsman report pretty much says it all about this sad incident,
It appears that Stovall died because of the gross negligence and dereliction of duty on the part of the staff at Edgemoor and that he could have been saved had his emergency call cord not been tied to the wall out of his reach, had (another patient’s) emergency call been answered in a reasonable time, and if the unit had been properly staffed.
Given the above findings, it seems obvious that the county, who owned this nursing home, wanted to get the pending wrongful death lawsuit brought by Mr. Stovall’s family resolved.
In cases such as this, I am always optimistic that horrific events such as this will bring about better care for future generations of patients. However, I was most disappointed by the fact that the North County Times report of this case mentions that both nurses who were directly responsible for Mr. Stover’s care, are still in good standing with the state and deemed ‘active, employable.” In this respect, I guess justice will never be served.