Coronavirus: Family Files Unjustified Death Lawsuit Against Glendale Nursing Home

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GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) – A family blames the death of their loved one from a coronavirus in their retirement home in Glendale. They filed a wrongful death complaint against the establishment on Thursday, the lawsuit alleges inadequate security during the coronavirus pandemic.

When the coronavirus epidemic began to take its toll in the United States, nursing homes were among the hardest hit places.Glenhaven Healthcare in Glendale is where Ricardo Saldana lived and where his family says that l 77-year-old man contracted COVID-19.

“They put a patient with Covid in my father’s room. They killed my father, ”said Jackie Saldana.

Jackie says his father suffered a stroke six years ago, but was relatively healthy until the COVID-19 epidemic. And he would have stayed healthy, the family said, if Glenhaven had taken the outbreak seriously.

Instead, the family says that a nurse who had been exposed to COVID-19 at another facility was allowed to work in Glenhaven.

“They hid the information. They did not share them with any staff or residents. They informed staff that they were not allowed to wear masks or personal protective equipment, “said family lawyer Scott Glovsky.

The Saldana family are now suing Glenhaven for elder abuse, willful misconduct, negligence and wrongful death.

Glovsky says Ricardo is only one of at least 10 Glenhaven residents who have died from COVID-19-related causes. But the Los Angeles County public health department has reported five deaths.

Glenhaven’s initial approach to the pandemic, the family said, has been negligent.

“They held a staff meeting, where they told staff that the coronavirus was not a big deal, that it was like the flu, and that no one was going to get sick,” said Glovsky.

Eyewitness News contacted Glenhaven for comments, but management of the nursing home has not even confirmed that Ricardo is living there. An administrator said the facility follows government health regulations.

Carrie Marks, Director of Glenhaven Healthcare, said: “… The heroes of Glenhaven Healthcare put our patients first. Our nurses are trained and follow applicable guidelines from the Ministry of Public Health and the CDC. We are extremely proud of our service to our patients and the community. “

Jackie sees his father’s lonely death as proof that Glenhaven didn’t care about the people they were supposed to protect.

“His death struck me like 100 knives in my heart. My family is devastated, ”said Jackie.

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