The son of 97-year-old Charles Bradley is suing the Everett Care & Rehabilitation nursing home facility in Everett, Washington after his father’s genitals allegedly disintegrated from penile cancer and ultimately contributed to his death.
According to court documents, Charles Bradley entered the nursing home in 2004 because of the usual ailments associated with old age. He continued to live in the nursing home until two weeks prior to his death on March 31, 2008. He apparently had a sore on his penis, which the hospital staff ignored until he was rushed to the emergency room on March 13, 2008. The injury to his penis was purportedly undiagnosed penile cancer.
The attorney for Bradley’s son argues that Everett Care & Rehabilitation staff allowed Bradley’s injury to worsen for months without care. According to the complaint, staff at the center noticed the wound while changing Bradley’s diaper in November 2007. The staff member who initially noticed the wound notified the care manager, however, that manager failed to notify Bradley’s doctor. Instead, Bradley’s wound continued to fester for the next four months and his genitals continued to disintegrate. Finally, when Bradley arrived at the Providence Medical Center on March 13th, he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. However, doctors soon discovered the wound on his penis and determined that he had penile cancer.
The plaintiff’s attorney argues that Everett Care & Rehabilitation violated their promise to care for Charles Bradley. The lawsuit specifically seeks to hold the center accountable for allegedly failing to protect the elderly. Indeed, while the center refuses to discuss specifics on the incident, citing patient privacy concerns, they have not explicitly denied error. In fact, they have already received one citation from the Department of Social and Health investigators for failing to meet quality of care requirements designated by federal laws.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.