RESULTS

Valentine Law Group has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of their clients. We have settled multiple cases for six to seven figures against acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities. Our cases have involved resident assaults, falls, bedsores, sepsis, malnutrition, dehydration, and other types of harm.

The following are a small sampling of the many successful verdicts and settlements the attorneys of Valentine Law Group have achieved over the last several years on behalf of their clients:

ELDER ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND WRONGFUL DEATH

Defendant: Villa Valencia Healthcare Center (Skilled Nursing Facility)
Jury Verdict: $2,000,000.00 (includes $1,000,000.00 punitive damages award)
Venue: Orange County

Valentine Law Group represented the Estate of Mary Kathleen Adams and her surviving children. Ms. Adams, who was 104-years old, was admitted to Villa Valencia Healthcare Center upon suffering a fractured leg for short-term physical rehabilitation and planned to return home. During her admission, Ms. Adams subsequently developed pressure ulcers. Mrs. Adams died as a result of the pressure ulcers, which due to her neglect, became infected.

Following a nearly two-month trial, where it was shown by Ms. Valentine that the facility had operated for extended periods of time without appropriate qualified management, including an administrator and nursing director, a jury returned a verdict of $1 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

Defendant: Family Villa Home Care
Settlement: $985,000.00
Venue: Orange County

Valentine Law Group obtained a settlement of $985,000.00 for the family of 86-year old Edith Kirschner after her death following her residency at Family Villa Home Care, a residential care facility for the elderly.

Ms. Kirschner had dementia and, as her disease progressed, her children moved her to Family Villa Home Care. It was alleged that she was left alone and upon trying to get up unassisted she fell and fractured her hip. Contrary to the facility’s protocol, emergency services were not called until hours after her fall. It was further alleged, that prior to calling emergency assistance, Ms. Kirschner was transferred from the floor to a chair and onto her injured hip and then relocated again to her bed, all conduct against facility policy.

Unfortunately, Ms. Kirschner was not able to overcome her injuries, and died allegedly from complications arising from her mistreatment at Family Villa.

Defendant: Citrus Nursing Center (Skilled Nursing Facility)
Settlement: $800,000.00
Venue: San Bernardino County

Valentine Law Group obtained a settlement of $800,000.00 for the children of a deceased 84-year-old resident of a nursing home in San Bernardino County.

It was alleged that decedent was admitted to a skilled nursing facility, Citrus Nursing Center, in 2005 for skilled nursing care following a number of strokes and congestive heart failure. In light of her condition, Citrus Nursing Center noted she was a fall risk, and mandated the use of a Hoyer Lift in order to transfer the decedent from her bed or wheelchair, and required the presence of two employees to assist with all transfers.

Despite these known risks, Citrus Nursing Center frequently transferred decedent without the assistance of two employees, and the family expressed concerns on a number of occasions. During the course of her residency, decedent suffered a number of unexplained injuries, as well as repeated urinary tract infections as the result of delayed call light response times.

Finally, a single certified nursing assistant, while attempting to transfer the decedent without assistance, dropped decedent on her head, resulting in her death nine days later from blunt force head injuries.

Defendant: Flowers Residential Care Facility for Seniors
Jury Verdict: $565,000.00
Venue: Los Angeles

Valentine Law Group represented an elderly woman who resided in a residential care facility for the elderly located in Los Angeles County. The woman developed pressure ulcers and endured pain and suffering due to the facility’s lack of care. Valentine Law Group pursued vigorous litigation and obtained a settlement for the woman and her family in the amount of $565,000.00.

DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Defendant: Anaheim Behavior Treatment Center, Inc.
Jury Verdict: $1,000,000.00
Venue: Orange County

Valentine Law Group obtained a settlement of $1,000,000.00 for the family of Anne Marie Freundt, a developmentally disabled adult, after she suffered a preventable death from choking.

During the course of litigation, it was shown that the management at the care facility knew they lacked sufficient numbers of qualified staff to meet the needs of their patients, and that the management and staff created fraudulent chart entries to conceal their neglect of the plaintiff.

Following a nearly two-month trial, a jury returned a verdict against the defendants, and also held that the facility was liable for punitive damages.

Defendant: Rancho Specialty Hospital (Long Term Acute Care Hospital)
Settlement: $900,000.00
Venue: San Bernardino County

Valentine Law Group obtained a settlement of $900,000.00 for the mother of an adult child with psychological disorders following his admission to a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital.

It was alleged that during the course of the patient’s stay the facility, and as a result of their neglect of the plaintiff, he suffered numerous severe bedsores, one of which served as the entrance for a blood severe infection, causing his death. During the course of litigation, counsel revealed that the hospital was insufficiently staffed to meet the needs of their patients, and the Director of nursing admitted the nursing staff made mistakes in their treatment of the patient’s skin condition.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact the lawyers of The Valentine Law Group for consultation.