Man sues Manor Care for woman's injuries

CHARLESTON -- A man is suing Manor Care and HCR Manor Care Services on behalf of the Estate of a woman who sustained injuries while she was a resident Heartland of Charleston.

Health Care and Retirement Corporation of America, Heartland Employment Services, Danny Davis, Jeffery A. Smith, John Does 1 through 10 and Unidentified Entities 1 through 10 were also named as defendants in the suit.

Dorothy Douglas was a resident of Heartland of Charleston from Sept. 4, 2009 until Sept. 23, 2009, according to a complaint filed May 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Tom Douglas claims the defendants accelerated the deterioration of Dorothy Douglas' health and physical condition beyond that caused by the normal aging process and caused her to sustain dehydration, irreversible change in mental status and acute renal failure.

The defendants were aware of the systemic staffing problems at the Heartland of Charleston throughout Dorothy Douglas' residency, according to the suit.

Tom Douglas is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by James B. McHugh, Michael J. Fuller Jr. and Amy J. Quezon.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-952

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