An estate executor in Clearwater has filed a lawsuit against a nursing home in St. Petersburg, alleging the facility is guilty of negligence in the death of one of its residents.
Terena Pellasce is serving as executor in the estate of Sandra Western. Pellasce filed the complaint on December 28 in Pinellas Circuit Court against Suncoast Manor Retirement Community Inc., alleging a failure to exercise a reasonable standard of skill and care required of nursing home facilities.
In the complaint, Pellasce alleges that on July 7, 2017, Western suffered injury and subsequent pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, mental anguish, aggravation of a prior condition and death. The suit says all of these results happened due to the negligent acts of the defendants in the way the nursing home treated the victim.
Pellasce also argues the nursing home failed to properly hire, retain and supervise competent staff, and that staff failed to appropriately protect her from harm. The complaint seeks a jury trial, general and special damages, legal fees and any other relief the court deems appropriate.
Nursing homes held to high standards
Nursing homes, like hospitals and clinics, must hire reasonably competent caregivers and provide a high level of care to their residents. Nursing home caregivers should have appropriate training. The facilities should also have certain standards regarding cleanliness and maintenance, supervision of both employees and residents and other procedures that ensure the long-term health and well-being of residents.
A failure to uphold the standards set for the industry could lead to negligent care. If a patient suffers an injury or illness due to this negligence, the victim’s family could take legal action against the facility in question.