CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County woman says her 76-year-old
mother allegedly suffered abuse and neglect during her stay at an area nursing
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,
Judge James C. Stucky is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-495