After 72-year-old William Wolfe passed away while under the care of the staff at Greenbriar Health Center in Boardman, OH, his family suspected that his death wasn’t a result of natural causes. Wolfe’s family believed that several employees working at the facility back in June 2015 contributed to his death which is why they decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the operator of the facility. According to WFMJ, the lawsuit states that Wolfe was first admitted to the facility on March 28, 2015, and just two months later, “employees gave Wolfe a dose of extended-release morphine that was not prescribed to him.”
Wolfe’s family claims they were never notified that a medical error was made.
When the staff went in to check on Wolfe the next morning, they found him unresponsive and it was then that they transported him to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Although the civil suit that was filed has since been settled for $1 million, a criminal case still remains open for one of the employees who were accused of misconduct. That employee was expected to file her plea back in the middle of July to the charges that were filed against her. She was accused of patient abuse and tampering with records.
Another employee, identified as 41-year-old Brenda Lamancusa, was charged with one count of patient abuse. The source says she pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of attempted failure to report a crime and was fined $100. Johonna Hull also pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of patient abuse. After a judge found her guilty, her charge of records tampering was dismissed, however, she did receive a fine of $100 and was placed on probation for sixty days.
When a nurse or staff member at a nursing home facility mistreats a resident or fails to provide them with the required care that they need, they can be held accountable for their actions. As you can see from the case involving Wolfe, civil lawsuits can be filed against the facility and criminal charges can be filed against the negligent workers. But, the key to holding all liable parties responsible for their behavior is with the help of a nursing home abuse attorney.
Whether your loved one was mistreated or neglected, it is always a good idea to consult with a Cleveland, OH nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer first as they can provide you with some rather helpful advice. In some instances, you may be able to settle your issue with the facility directly while in other cases, the facility may not be willing to accept the blame for their error which means you may have to go a step further and file suit. Because every case is different and may require a different approach, you are urged to contact USAttorneys.com today if you believe a family member or even a friend is being abused while residing in a nursing home in Cleveland, Ohio.
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