LOGAN – Two lawsuits have been filed against Trinity Health Care Services of Logan after the plaintiffs claim their loved ones were injured during their residency.

Patricia Blackmon Smith, as personal representative of the Estate of Carrie Blackmon; and Earnest Johnson, as personal representative of the Estate of Betty Ellis claim their family members were admitted to Trinity for rehabilitation and assistance with the activities of daily living, according to two complaints filed March 10 and March 13 in Logan Circuit Court.

Smith and Johnson claim the defendants failed to provide adequate supervision to prevent their loved ones from development, progressive deterioration and infection of pressure-related skin injuries.

The negligence and carelessness of the defendant and its employees contributed substantially in causing serious injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, according to the suits.

Smith and Johnson claim the defendant failed to keep Blackmon and Ellis and their families fully informed of their total health status and of their medical conditions during their residency.

The defendant failed to provide a sufficient number of staff to provide adequate and appropriate nursing care to its residents, according to the suits.

Smith and Johnson claim their loved ones sustained lethal and non-lethal infringements of their rights as nursing home residents at the nursing home facility.

Smith and Johnson are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented by Jeff D. Stewart, Andrew L. Paternostro and Shayla M. Rigsby of The Ball Law Firm.

Logan Circuit Court case number: 17-C-86, 17-C-90

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