Daughter blames nursing home for mother’s alleged injuries, neglect

By The West Virginia Record | May 3, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman says her 76-year-old mother allegedly suffered abuse and neglect during her stay at an area nursing home.

Tamatha Ponceroff, on behalf of her mother, Clara Johnson, filed a lawsuit April 5 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Genesis Healthcare LLC, Glenmark Associates Inc., 161 Bakers Ridge Road Operations LLC (doing business as Madison Center), 10 unnamed individuals and 10 unnamed entities, alleging premises liability and negligence.

According to the complaint, Johnson suffered personal injuries and damages during her residence at Madison Center, a facility owned and operated by Genesis Healthcare. Ponceroff states that her mother suffered falls and fractures, weight loss and dehydration, causing pain, anguish, loss of dignity, disfigurement and emotional trauma. The suit blames the alleged abuse and neglect on staffing deficiencies.

Ponceroff seeks punitive and compensatory damages, as well as litigation costs. In addition, she is requesting a ban on the defendants’ alleged use of false sales, marketing or advertisements regarding their quality of care. She is represented by attorneys James B. McHugh, Michael J. Fuller Jr., D. Bryant Chaffin, KaLeya Q. Hardin, Kendra R. Fokakis, Amy J. Quezon, A. Lance Reins and John R. Cummings of the McHugh Fuller Law Group PLLC in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Judge James C. Stucky is assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-495

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