Columbus Nursing Home Employees Charged with Patient Death, Necrotic State
Several employees of the Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus, Ohio are facing criminal charges after a patient died under their care. According to statements from the Ohio Attorney General’s office, the patient died of necrotic symptoms. Three of those employees are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
In February of 2017, the patient began to show signs of necrosis, such as gangrenous wounds and dying tissue. He was not taken to a hospital after the symptoms were first noticed. It was only until the end of February that the patient was hospitalized, but the illness had progressed too far. On March 5th, 2017, the patient passed away due to complications caused by septic shock, an effect of advanced necrosis.
Another case against the employees alleges they knowingly falsified another patient’s medical files to cover up their negligence. They apparently even went as far as to forge signatures to make it look as if the patient was receiving medical care when she had not. A total of 34 charges were brought against the six employees. A representative from the Whetstone Gardens and Care Center was quick to defend the center, claiming actions had already been taken to correct the falsified records situation, and that the charges were filed against the employees and not the actual nursing home.
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At Berberian Ain, LLP, our team of personal injury lawyers in Glendale do not hold back when representing victims of nursing home abuse and their families. The terrible neglect described in the Whetstone Gardens and Care Center case is entirely unacceptable, as is any similar situation. We proudly stand up to nursing homes and seek full compensation for our clients in hopes to help them find peace of mind. It is also our hope that our work helps prevent future situations like this from happening by holding nursing homes accountable now.