Monday, July 15, 2013

Attorney Stoehr's Elder Neglect Case In The News

One of Attorney Stoehr's cases has been covered in area newspapers.  The case was an elder neglect/abuse claim against Warner's Home for the Aged in Altoona, PA.  The details of the case involved an elderly man who was residing in Warner's Home for the Aged and was taken to the area hospital after falling out of bed.  At the hospital, the hospital staff noticed that the man appeared to be in poor health.  He was covered in bedsores and fecal matter, was dehydrated and malnourished, appeared to be suffering from sepsis, and had urine-soaked bandages.  The man died a few weeks later.

When nursing home attendants were questioned about the man's health, nursing home staff reported that the workers on the third shift would often yell at residents and were open in declaring that they did not like their jobs.  The following morning, first shift workers would often find the man and his roommate covered in urine. Eventually, the owner of the nursing home and several aides were charged with neglect of a dependent person.  The owner of the nursing home was sentenced to 6-12 months in county prison and is forbidden from future work in a healthcare facility. The two aides also entered guilty pleas and face jail sentences and hefty fines.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania. He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit  his website at  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties, including Huntingdon, Fulton, and Bedford counties.

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