Personal Injury

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Sued After Nursing Aides Assault Dementia Patient

woman in hospital bed Pennsylvania Nursing Home Sued After Nursing Aides Assault Dementia PatientSCRANTON, Penn. – A Pennsylvania man is suing a Scranton nursing home, alleging the facility took no action after two nursing aides assaulted his mother, leaving her with extensive bruising on her face and upper body.

According to The (Scranton) Times-Tribune, Thomas Drewes filed the complaint Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Lackawanna County Court against the Gardens of Green Ridge assisted living facility and its parent company, Saber Healthcare Group LLC.

Mr. Drewes filed the lawsuit on behalf of his mother, Joan Drewes, who was a resident of Gardens of Green Ridge when the assault, captured on video surveillance, took place on Oct. 25, 2014.

According to The Times-Tribune, certified nursing aides Joshua Wegielewski and Catherine Cordaro grabbed Mrs. Drewes by the wrists and arms and dragged her across the floor of her room, then strapped her in bed against her will. The CNAs also barred a door shut to keep Mrs. Drewes, who was a dementia patient, from leaving her room.

The lawsuit asserts that nursing home administrators were told of the assault the day after it happened but turned a blind eye to it and took no action against the two nursing aides involved. The assault became known to others only after another employee contacted the Area Agency on Aging out of fear that it would never be reported otherwise. The agency then reported the incident to the police.

Mr. Wegielewski is currently serving up to one year in prison on one charge of disorderly conduct for the assault, after pleading guilty to the lesser offense in a plea bargain. He was originally charged in Dec. 2014 with one count of simple assault and two other offenses, The Times-Tribune reported.

Ms. Cordaro also faced criminal charges for her part in the assault but she was never arrested because she became comatose shortly after the incident, according to the Times-Tribune.

Source: The Times-Tribune