Son blames mother’s health decline on facility’s negligence

By Robert Hadley | Jun 1, 2016

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County man says a nursing home’s alleged understaffing and lax supervision caused his 96-year-old mother to suffer catastrophic injuries that accelerated the decline in her overall health.

Ronald Rissler, on behalf of Alice Rissler, filed a lawsuit April 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court against the following defendants: Genesis Healthcare LLC, Genesis Operations LLC, Glenmark Associates Inc., 50 Mulberry Tree Street Operations LLC (doing business as Shenandoah Center), John Does 1-10 and unidentified entities 1-10.

According to the complaint, Rissler resided at Shenandoah Center from May 15, 2013 until Oct. 21, 2015, receiving care for dementia and physical and cognitive impairment. During her stay, the suit claims she suffered urinary tract infections, pressure sores, falls, weight loss, dehydration and other conditions, allegedly due to the defendants’ inadequate care.

Rissler seeks a jury trial, punitive and compensatory damages to be determined at trial, and litigation costs. He is represented by attorneys James B. McMahon, Michael J. Fuller Jr., D. Bryant Chaffin, Ka’Leya 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 Louis H. “Duke” Bloom is assigned to the case.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 16-C-580

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