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February 9, 2009

Nursing home lawsuit claims wrongful death

By Sean Bailey / Staff Writer

A Laurel County man is suing Hillcrest Nursing Home in Corbin, claiming the nursing home’s failure to take care of his aging mother-in-law allegedly caused her death.

Walter Hoskins filed the lawsuit on Jan. 26 in Whitley County against First Corbin Inc., Hillcrest Nursing Home Inc. and Management Advisors Inc., as well as unknown nursing home staff members. The lawsuit requests that Terry Forcht, who owns the businesses in question, be served by the court.

In the lawsuit Hoskins, via his attorney Miller Kent Carter of Pikeville, claims his mother-in-law Bessie Morgan was a resident of Hillcrest Nursing Home in Corbin from about July 14, 2006 through Oct. 1, 2007. During this time, the lawsuit claims, Morgan was “of unsound mind” and required the attention of the nursing home staff to remain in good health.

“Due to the wrongful conduct of the Defendants, Bessie Morgan suffered accelerated deterioration of her health and physical condition beyond that attributed to the normal aging process ...” the lawsuit claims.

The suit continues by listing injuries that Morgan allegedly suffered during her stay at the nursing home, including poor hygiene, multiple unexplained injuries, bruising and infections. The suit also states that Morgan allegedly “...suffered unnecessary loss of personal dignity, pain and suffering, degradation, emotional distress and hospitalizations...”

The family claims the injuries were caused by negligence on the part of the nursing home staff, including “failure to maintain all records on Bessie Morgan...” and “...failure to provide the minimum number of qualified personnel to meet the total needs of Bessie Morgan.”

The lawsuit also lists Kentucky Revised Statues pertaining to long-term care residents’ rights which Hoskins believes were violated by the nursing home.

According to the U.S. Government’s Medicare “Nursing Home Compare” Web site, Hillcrest received an overall five out of five star rating from the agency, placing it “much above average.” It received four of five stars in health inspections, two of five in the number of nursing home staff and five of five for quality measures.

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