Garden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit alleging the nursing home breached its duty of care of one of its patients.
According to the five page civil lawsuit filed on July 31, Frances Tousa of Kansas City entered the nursing facility, located at 8575 N. Granby Avenue, Kansas City in Platte County, on July 22, 2016 to receive rehabilitating services following a hip surgery.
Prior to becoming a resident, Tousa had fractured her right hip and had a known medical condition of diverticulitis. Court documents state Tousa was on anticoagulant drugs to reduce the risk of the formation of blood clots.
On Aug. 24, 2016, Tousa experienced increased pain in her hip after she was transferred into bed by nursing home personnel, the lawsuit claims The following day, she was transferred to the North Kansas City Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, causing a hematoma in her groin. Soon thereafter, Tousa entered hospice care and died on Sept. 17, 2016.
“The death certificate for decedent Frances M. Tousa lists her cause of death as Coumadin anticoagulation, hematoma of groin and acute loss anemia,” states court documents.
The suit claims Garden Valley had a duty of care to monitor the physical condition of its patient.
According to allegations in the lawsuit, Garden Valley’s negligence “directly caused or directly contributed to the death of Frances M. Tousa.”
The lawsuit states the nursing home breached its standard of care in multiple ways including “the administration of medications,” the “movement of their patients” and “standards for treatment.”
Due to the nursing home’s alleged negligence, the lawsuit claims, Tousa sustained pain and suffering as well as mental anguish.
Tousa’s daughter, Geraldine Palmentere, is seeking monetary damages against Garden Valley and PGVN, the care provider.