Nursing Center Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The Family of a man who died under the care of a nursing center in Long Beach, California, is suing the center for wrongful death.

According to the lawsuit, Royal Care Skilled Nursing Center understaffed itself for the sake of raising profits, compromising the competency of its staff and its ability to meet the minimum requirements enforced by law.

The lawsuit also alleges that these cutbacks are what caused the death of Gilbert Guerra Jr., who suffered from sores, infections, dehydration, pneumonia, kidney failure, respiratory distress, weight loss and overmedication while under the care of the nursing center.

“Royal displayed a reckless disregard for the health and safety of their patients,” said Stephen Garcia, a lawyer who is representing the family. “Had the management team care enough to simly conduct a proper pre-employment screening and maintain the legal requirement of staff necessary to care for their patients, Gilbert Guerra Jr. would likely still be alive.”