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Oregon Family Seeks $8 Million from Nursing Home Which Contributed to Death of Loved One

A trial in the case of a lawsuit filed against an Oregon nursing facility more than three years ago is scheduled to begin in April, 2010. The suit alleges the facility grossly neglected Alice Train, a ninety-year-old mother whose daughter placed her in nursing care because she suffered from dementia and diabetes. Her daughter chose that particular nursing home because it allowed for weekly visitation. Despite her diabetes, Ms. Train was able to walk on her own and had no visible injuries upon entering the home.

Over the course of forty-nine days in the home, Alice lost the ability to walk and lost over twenty pounds. She also developed pneumonia, anemia, limb contraction and a skin ulcer which was rotting to the bone. Additionally, the nursing staff failed to maintain her blood sugar levels, despite her diabetes.

During one, Ms. Train’s daughter found her mother in a wheel chair soaked with urine. She also discovered that her mother had not been bathed for an entire week. The following week, the daughter returned and discovered the rotting ulcer while changing her mother’s diaper. After discovering the neglect, the daughter moved her mother to a new facility. But tragically, the damage had been done, and Ms. Train died soon after.

Ms. Train’s daughter quickly filed the suit, which alleges that her mother’s death was due to the horrendous care she received in the nursing facility. The complaint seeks $36,000 in medical expenses, $500,000 for wrongful death, $750,000 for pain and suffering, and $7.5 million in punitive damages. For the family, the suit isn’t about the money as much as it is about helping to make sure other families don’t have to go through this experience.

As this case shows, the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect often can’t or don’t communicate instances of abuse to loved ones or authorities. Nursing home abuse is not always as evident as criminal assault or harassment. More often, abuse is seen in the form of neglect or substandard care. Signs of nursing home neglect or abuse include poor hygiene of residents, residents wearing unclean or inappropriate clothing, hazardous conditions, bed sores, wounds and sudden weight loss or dehydration. The appearance of depression and complaints of being restrained for extended periods of time also may indicate nursing home malpractice. It is extremely important for family and friends to pay close attention for these warning signs.

Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is difficult enough without having to worry about the quality of care received. Our attorneys have successfully defended the rights of thousands of elder care abuse victims and their families. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of elder care abuse, please contact us at for a free consultation. Our attorneys are available to assist in all aspects of your litigation.

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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

Gavin Lentz (right) was selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006-2009 in New Jersey by Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Legal Intelligencer in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

On September 16, 2002 Mr. Lentz was selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer.

He has made many television appearances, including on Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Phil Donahue Show.

Mr. Lentz is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As a former prosecutor, he knows how to aggressively go after a nursing home to prove the facts necessary to protect your loved one's rights.

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