CHARLESTON – An Ohio man says the neglect and abuse
his father allegedly suffered at a nursing home is a result of a pattern of
mismanagement, understaffing and reckless negligence on the part of its operators.
Bryan Rice, personal representative of the estate of Roger
Rice (deceased), filed a lawsuit April 13 in Kanawha Circuit Court against 1000
Association Drive Operations LLC, doing business as Oak Ridge Center, and
Genesis Healthcare LLC, alleging wrongful death, statutory violations, reckless
misconduct and negligence.
According to the complaint, Roger Rice lived at Oak Ridge
Center from June 12 through Nov. 8, 2014, requiring treatment and care, plus
assistance with daily living activities. The suit says that although Roger Rice
suffered multiple falls and suffered from skin breakdown, the defendant failed to
take action to prevent further injuries. In so doing, the facility allegedly breached its
duty to provide quality care to Roger Rice in a way that ultimately contributed to his death on
May 20, 2015.
Bryan Rice seeks a jury trial, statutory and punitive damages,
plus litigation expenses. He is represented by attorneys Andrew L. Paternostro
and Jeff D. Stewart of The Bell Law Firm PLLC in Charleston.
Judge Tod. J. Kaufman is assigned to the case.
Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-564
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