Children of Hollywood Actor Gene Barry Sue Nursing Home for Elder Abuse and Negligence

Our Baltimore nursing home injury attorneys have been following a recent lawsuit filed by the children of well-known Hollywood film and television actor Gene Barry, who allege that a nursing home neglected to monitor the actor’s health after he suffered a tragic nursing home fall, which led to his death.

Barry was reportedly admitted to Sunrise of Woodland Hills nursing home in stable condition in June of 2009 at the age of 90, even though the home was not equipped to properly care for the actor’s health needs, as he suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Barry’s children allege that their father suffered a devastating nursing home fall at the facility in December of 2009, that left him with major head injuries, brain damage, broken ribs, and an injury to his hip. The lawsuit claims that after Barry’s fall, the nursing home failed to notify a doctor and Barry’s children, and for four days he was neglected while he suffered in great pain. According to Barry’s family, this nursing home fall caused his wrongful death.

Barry’s children state that the nursing home staff, management and corporate officers are liable for nursing home negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death and nursing home fraud, in relation to the tragic incidents that led to Barry’s death. The suit claims that Barry was not properly assessed during the pre-admission process in the home, and the facility staff and management reportedly falsely represented the home to Barry’s children—as Barry was promised a nursing home environment filled with a proper standard of care that he was legally entitled to. The complaint alleges that the facility fell short of this promise, and was not equipped to handle Barry’s needs.

As our Maryland nursing home injury attorneys have reported in a previous blog, all residents living in nursing homes are entitled, Under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, to receive quality care and attention in a nursing home environment that improves and maintains the quality of their physical and mental health. If a nursing home resident becomes injured or dies because of elder abuse or neglect, the nursing home could be held liable for nursing home negligence, abuse, or wrongful death.

In Maryland or the Washington D.C. area, contact us at Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC.

Home’s Neglect Caused Actor Gene Barry’s Death, Family Says, WestLaw News & Insight/Reuters, December 10, 2010

Related Web Resources:

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

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