Daughter alleges nursing facility failed to supervise father's care

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 5, 2018

CLEARWATER — A daughter is suing St. Peterburg nursing facilities, alleging negligent supervision in the care of her father.

The estate of Freddie Lee Mells, by and through his daughter Thelma L. Mells Ferguson, filed a complaint Aug. 24 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Senior Health Alpine LLC, Kannon Health Services LLC, formerly known as Kannon Health Management LLC, et al., alleging the defendants violated the decedent's rights as a resident to be properly supervised and to receive the professional standard of care as expected.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 3, 2016, Freddie Lee Mells was admitted to Alpine Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg. for assistance with daily living. However, the suit says, while Mells was a resident he suffered skin damages to his scrotum a skin tear to his left hand and left iliac crest, infections, including sepsis and C-diff, and hypoxia. 

As a result, Mells sustained bodily injury resulting in pain and suffering, mental anguish, expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment and ultimately death Dec. 23, 2016. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to provide appropriate skin care to Freddie Lee Mells, failed to provide adequate skin assessments and failed to adequately respond to changes in his physical signs and symptoms.

Ferguson seeks trial by jury, consequential damages of more than $15,000, attorney fees, court costs, prejudgment interest and all other appropriate relief. She is represented by attorney Donna K. Hanes of Wilkes & McHugh, PA in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 18C5604

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