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Trial Begins in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against a Georgia Assisted Living Facility

Charlotte Pauline Dean—who suffered from cerebral palsy—was just forty-seven years old when she was placed in the Country Crossing Assisted Living facility in Lafayette, Georgia. The home was to have provided the care she needed. Instead, according to a lawsuit filed by her relatives, she became the victim of abuse and neglect so severe that it led to her death. The facility was owned by Travis Thompson with healthcare givers provided by Hutcheson Home Health. Both Thompson and Hutcheson are defendants in the lawsuit.

The suit alleges that over the four years Ms. Dean was in the facility, she was abused and neglected to the extent that she rotted to death. Employees of the facility hid her condition from relatives and visitors by wrapping her in blankets during their visits. In truth, Ms. Dean was malnourished, covered in pressure sores and forced to live in unsanitary conditions. Testimony by one of the nurses indicates that at one point, Ms. Dean weighed only forty-five pounds and had a stage three pressure sore on her tailbone.

Further testimony of former Country Crossing employees indicates that some employees hired by the facility were given no training and had no prior experience or education in care giving. In some cases, including that of Ms. Dean, caregivers did not even keep records of treatment given to patients.

Nursing care patients and their families are entitled to the utmost of care and treatment when they entrust their care to a facility. Patients should not be subject to abuse, neglect, or mistreatment. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is not always as readily evident as criminal assault or harassment. More often, abuse is seen in the form of neglect or substandard care. Sadly, elderly patients often have difficulty reporting such abuse to their loved ones. This makes it vitally important to stay alert for warning signs of neglect or abuse. Such signs 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

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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