Terry Law Firm Filed Lawsuit Against NHC Maryland Heights After Resident Died From Sepsis, Due to Pneumonia and Influenza
The Terry Law Firm filed a lawsuit against NHC Maryland Heights for the wrongful death of former Resident, Leavean Gross. The lawsuit alleges negligent care during her residency at NHC Maryland Heights that resulted in her death.
Allegations of The Lawsuit
Levean became a resident at NHC Maryland Heights in October of 2012 and resided there until February of 2018. In February of 2018 she developed dry cough and difficulty breathing. Staff members notified her doctor but never followed up after receiving no reply. . Predictably, her condition worsened with her oxygen saturation dropping to 88-89%. Her deteriorating condition caused her to struggle to breathe. The nursing home let her endured this condition for two days before making any additional attempt to contact the nurse practitioner.
By the time she was finally admitted to the hospital, she was unresponsive, in severe respiratory distress, suffering from severe sepsis, acute respiratory failure, pneumonia, dehydration, acute renal failure and had a temperature of 101.4 degrees. She never recovered from the sepsis she developed at NHC Maryland Heights and died on February 24, 2018.
David Terry, the founder of Terry Law Firm and lead attorney on this case stated: “Nursing home residents and their family members trust nursing homes to provide the care they say they will provide. To let a resident struggle for breath for two days with obviously deteriorating health conditions violates that trust and is unacceptable.”
You can read the full petition here.
Plaintiffs allege that NHC Maryland Heights is part of a joint venture involving at least four other corporate entities where each entity had a financial interest in making a profit off the operation of the NHC Maryland Heights facility. The four other entities named as defendants are NHC/OP, LP; NHC/Delaware, Inc.; National Healthcare Corporation and National Health Corporation.
One or more of the NHC corporate entities owns and operates several other nursing home facilities in Missouri namely:
- NHC Healthcare, St. Charles – 35 Sugar Maple Land, St. Charles, MO 63303
- NHC Healthcare, Desloge – 801 Brim St., Desloge, MO 63601
- NHC Healthcare, Joplin – 2700 East 34th St., Joplin, MO 64803
- NHC Healthcare, Kennett – 1120 Falcon, Kennett, MO 63857
- NHC Healthcare, West Plains – 211 Davis Dr., West Plains, MO 65775
None of these entities are involved in this lawsuit.
What’s the Purpose of a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawsuit? Sadly, when a nursing home causes the death of one of its residents, it rarely will admit fault without being forced to do so. For a family to receive justice for their loved ones, they often have to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In this case, Leavean’s family hired attorney David Terry to pursue justice for the wrongful death of their mother. Sometimes, this is simply the only remedy available to received nursing home justice.