Family Brings New Charges in ‘Kung Fu judge’ John Phillips’ Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit

In a blog from earlier this year, our Baltimore nursing home injury attorneys reported on a $10 million nursing home negligence lawsuit filed by the family of a well known Brooklyn judge John Phillips, otherwise known as the “Kung Fu Judge,” for famously making martial arts moves over this 17-year career as a Civil Court Judge in Brooklyn. Prospect Park Residence was accused of treating Phillips with substandard care, neglecting to give Phillips meals that adhered to his diabetic restrictions, and often missing his necessary insulin shots, that allegedly led to his wrongful death.

The Park Slope nursing home has now reportedly been hit with new charges by the family of the Kung Fu Judge, alleging that the nursing home held the frail judge prisoner while he was in their care, by blocking his rights to visitors and receiving mail, and failing to provide proper healthcare to the judge.

According to John O’Hara, a longtime friend of Phillips, and the Phillips’ family attorney, the judge was held against his will by the home for eight months, where he was denied proper medical care and treatment for his diabetes. Judge Phillips reportedly entered the home in good physical shape in 2008, but his health quickly deteriorated, as he was unable to leave, have any guests, or receive mail or phone calls. O’Hara stated that the home originally looked like a nice place for Phillips to reside in, but turned out to be a “death house,” that allegedly led Phillips to his wrongful death at the age of 83.

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Nursing Home Kept Dying Judge John Phillips Hostage in ‘Death House,’ Lawsuit Claims, New York Daily News, November 12, 2010

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