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Yuba City Nursing sued for negligence, wrongful death

Ninety and frail, Beryl Bonebrake went to Yuba City Nursing & Rehab LLC in December 2011 for rehabilitation therapy so she could eventually go home.

Two months later, she died.

Earlier this month, her daughter, Frances O'Brien, sued, alleging negligence and wrongful death.

The suit, filed in Sutter County Superior Court, alleged that Yuba City Nursing's "marketing materials implied that (it) was one of the top, premiere facilities in the area to provide nursing and rehabilitation services."

Instead, the suit alleged, Bonebrake suffered "serious injuries," including a right hip fracture, "multiple preventable pressure sores" and "conscious withholding of oral hygiene."

She died in February 2012.

"At this time, we have nothing to say because we're not aware of a lawsuit against us," said a woman at Yuba City Nursing who declined to give her name.

O'Brien's lawyer, Wendy York, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleged the facility "consciously withheld care," resulting in "life-threatening complications, infection, avoidable pressure sores, falls, fractures and death."

On its website, the Plumas Street facility says it provides 59 Medicare and Medicaid certified beds and "a very friendly environment with close bonds between nurses and patients."

The lawsuit alleged Yuba City Nursing's management "made the conscious decision to understaff and to staff with unqualified and untrained staff at below statewide staffing levels, all motivated for profit reasons."

The lawsuit mentions citations issued by the state Department of Public Health dating back to 2006, but alleges none of that information was provided to Bonebrake's family before they agreed to place her in the facility.

Yuba City Nursing "attempts to market its facility toward the highest-reimbursing residents, like Beryl Bonebrake," the suit alleged.

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