The Fresno Bee reported on the nursing home resident of Bella Vista Memory Care Community who contends that he had to have his right eye removed after staff at the nursing home allowed him to be attacked twice by his roommate. Josh Dansby Jr. is seeking compensation for injuries suffered as a result of the facilities failure to protect him. The lawsuit says Bella Vista is understaffed and has a history of being issued deficiencies by the California Department of Social Services.
Sierra Meadows Senior Living, LLC runs Bella Vista and has called the lawsuit a “shakedown”.
The lawsuit states that Dansby suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia and has a history of strokes and heart attacks. Around February 2017 he became a resident of the nursing home. Bella Vista placed Dansby with a roommate who had a known history of aggressive propensities and physical assault. In September, the roommate attacked Dansby.
After this assault, Dansby’s family complained to the Bella Vista staff, asking that Dansby be protected from the roommate including moving rooms or changing roommates. Bella Vista refused to make any changes.
Dansby was attacked by his roommate again in December. After the attack, Bella Vista staff did not provide Dansby with care for days. He was later taken to Saint Agnes Medical Center’s emergency room, where he was determined to have suffered a corneal detachment. Doctors removed Dansby’s right eye.