Widower alleges nursing home resident's death caused by abuse, neglect

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 13, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE — A widower is suing Fayette County nursing home facilities, alleging negligence in the wrongful death of his wife.

Ralph Shockey Sr., as administraor of the estate of Dreama R. Shockey, filed a complaint in Fayette Circuit Court against Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC, doing business as Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Wisteria LLC and AMFM, alleging the defendants failed to provide care and services to Dreama Shockey in accordance with regulations promulgated in state and federal regulations.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 17, 2018, Dreama Shockey was admitted to the defendants' Fayette Nursing Rehabilitation Center for rehabilitation and assistance with her activities of daily living. The suit says her family, including Ralph Shockey Sr., expected the defendants to provide her with quality care as required by law. 

However, the lawsuit alleges, Dreama Shockley suffered six fall incidents, dehydration and infections during the course of her residency. As a result, the suit says, Dreama Shockey suffered systematic abuse and neglect, causing significant injuries, ultimately leading or contributing to her death Feb. 24, 2018. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly staff the facility, failed to provide supervision of Dreama Shockey and failed to maintain the premises in a safe and secure manner.

Ralph Shockey Sr. seeks trial by jury, damages and any other fit terms and relief. He is represented by attorneys Jeff D. Stewart, Andrew L. Paternostro and S. Andrew Stonestreet of Stewart | Bell PLLC in Charleston.

Fayette Circuit Court case number 18-C-186

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