Pinellas County nursing home accused of causing wrongful death of senior resident

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County resident is suing a nursing home, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and loss of consortium.

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County resident is suing a nursing home, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and loss of consortium.

Anthony Rodriguez, as personal representative of the estate of Jesus Rodriguez Rivas, filed a complaint July 10 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against FI-Highland Pines, LLC doing business as Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center, alleging failure to provide adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services resulting in wrongful death.

According to the complaint, Jesus Rivas, a senior suffering from the infirmities of aging, was a resident at Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center. The suit says he developed pressure sores and infections during his stay in the facility, which resulted in pain, suffering, disability, humiliation, mental anguish, health deterioration, malnutrition and wrongful death on April 2. 

His heirs say they also suffered the loss of support, love, companionship and incurred substantial expenses in hospitalization, medical care and treatment and funeral expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center failed to provide adequate and appropriate health care and protective and support services resulting in wrongful death.

Rodriguez seeks trial by jury, damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of interest, costs, attorney fees and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorney Michael J. Rotundo of Ford, Dean & Rotundo PA in Aventura.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 18C4533 7/10

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