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Sep 20, 2022 by |

San Mateo County Elder Abuse Attorney: Dementia Sufferer Dies At Assisted Living Facility After Being Served Dishwashing Liquid To Drink


93-Year-Old Resident Dies And Two Others Hospitalized

Mistakenly Served Dishwashing Liquid Instead Of Juice

Police And Department Of Social Services Investigating

Dementia sufferers are extremely vulnerable to abuse and neglect because they may not even be aware of what is happening to them or able to communicate about it even if they are.  Cases of intentional abuse or sexual assault or rape of dementia sufferers are particularly horrific.  But dementia patients may also be powerless to protect themselves against negligence or neglect as a recent story discussed below illustrates.  Families of dementia patients need to be vigilant in monitoring the care their loved ones receive and in making sure any facility in which their loved ones reside are qualified to take care of them and adequately staffed.  Negligent care, physical abuse and neglect of a dependent person are all grounds for civil liability. Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code §§ 15610.57 (definition of neglect), and 15610.63 (definition of physical abuse). “Neglect,” under California law, includes:

(1) Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter.

(2) Failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs. A person shall not be deemed neglected or abused for the sole reason that the person voluntarily relies on treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in lieu of medical treatment.

(3) Failure to protect from health and safety hazards.

(4) Failure to prevent malnutrition or dehydration.

If you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse in San Mateo County or elsewhere in California call us today at (415)441-8669. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

Recent Assisted Living Facility Death[1]

In a recently reported tragic incident, a 93-year-old woman residing at an assisted living facility in the city died, and two others were hospitalized, after “ingesting toxic chemicals.”   Employees at the facility mistakenly served the three residents dishwashing liquid on a recent morning, facility officials said in a statement.  The staff members involved in the poisoning have been suspended, said the facility, which has provided no additional details. The woman who died suffers from dementia and cannot feed herself, and, according to her daughter. had “severe blistering of her mouth and throat and esophagus.”  Police are investigating the incident jointly with the California Department of Social Services Ombudsman.  The facility, part of a chain of 390 retirement and assisted living locations across the country, is cooperating, officials said.

Evans Law Firm Represents Victims of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

The reported story is a tragic and sudden incident.  Often, however, injuries occur over time as a result of neglect or negligent treatment of nursing home and assisted living facility patients with dementia, as for example, with bed sores/pressure ulcers, infections, or weight loss and dehydration.  Unsupervised dementia sufferers may also wander off from a facility 9a phenomenon known as “elopement”) and be injured in traffic or from exposure to the elements. Always make sure the facility in which your loved one resides is qualified to care for them and visit as often as you can to monitor the quality of care they are receiving. If you have any suspicions whatsoever that your loved one is suffering any kind of abuse or neglect, or that the standard of care is poor, call us.  Always act on your instincts.  We will pursue any individual responsibility for the abuse as well as their supervising employers, agencies, and owners of the facility in which your loved one resides.  Relief includes damages for pain and suffering, punitive damages where available and an award of the attorneys’ fees and expenses you’ve incurred in bringing your case under Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15657.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love is the victim of any neglect or abuse in care facility in San Mateo County, San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call Ingrid M. Evans at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=””></a>. Our toll-free number is 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).

[1] Evans Law Firm, not involved in the reported case in any way.

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