James Thurman of Sumer, Tennessee has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of his brother Cecil Roy Thurman alleging neglect and accusing the Westmoreland Care & Rehabilitation Center of medical malpractice. The lawsuit also names seven other entities, which are responsible for the ownership and management of the facility.
According to the lawsuit, Cecil Thurman was 65 and suffered memory problems, anxiety, dementia, emphysema, seizure disorders and Alzheimer’s disease. Thurman needed help with feeding and was dependant on a wheelchair for mobility. The lawsuit claims that Thurman suffered abuse, neglect, and infection, violations of dignity, as well as mental anguish and humiliation.
The lawsuit also claims that improper care caused Thurman to suffer infected pressure sores that ultimately led to his death.
“This case was filed not only to seek justice on behalf of Mr. Cecil Roy Thurman but also to ensure that this nursing home becomes a safer place for the (good) people of Sumner County,” Thurman’s attorney said.
Recently, heath inspectors citing the facility for failing to prevent the spread of infection and problems with staff hand washing procedures, the Tennessean reported.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages of an amount to be determined by a jury.