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Abuse allegations tied to nursing home death leads to federal lawsuit

The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service - a state-appointed group assigned to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect against people with disabilities - has filed a lawsuit against Medilodge of Grand Blanc after receiving a complaint regarding a patient's care.

By Dominic Adams | dadams5@mlive.com
The Flint Journal
March 07, 2017
Photo: Courtesy of MLive.com

GRAND BLANC, MI -- A nursing home faces a federal lawsuit over records in connection to a man who died while staying at the facility.

The Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service -- a state-appointed group assigned to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect against people with disabilities -- has filed a lawsuit against Medilodge of Grand Blanc after receiving a complaint regarding a patient's care.

MLive-The Flint Journal could not reach attorneys for MPAS nor the Grand Blanc facility.

Medilodge of Grand Blanc is a leading provider of long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation solutions, according to its website.

A male resident at the facility was found unresponsive in 2016 and he was taken to the hospital. He died the next day, according to a lawsuit filed in Flint U.S. District Court last month.

The lawsuit alleges the man, who had physical and neurological disabilities, was not receiving adequate care.

MPAS claims in the lawsuit that it had probable cause to open an investigation into the allegations of possible neglect or abuse at Medilodge.

The advocacy group requested records in January from Medilodge through the nursing home's attorney, which MPAS claims it has yet to receive.

A second request for the records was made more than two weeks later and also gave notice that a lawsuit for the records would be filed.

Attorney Andrew Rothman responded to MPAS on behalf of Medilodge by saying that he would provide the records the next week. Rothman then asked for more time to produce the records and again last month said he needed more time, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is asking to Medilodge to release all records related to the resident's death. 

No response has been filed in the lawsuit.
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/03/nursing_home_death_inv...

 

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