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
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