Nursing Home Resident Was Humiliated With “Lap Dance” Before Dying from Bed Sores, Malnutrition, Sepsis
The family of Fred Pittman, an 84-year-old man who died after a stay at Cumberland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the home, alleging he was a victim of negligence. According to the suit, the man was a long-term care patient at the facility from late January through mid-February 2018. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court, alleges staff at Cumberland Manor neglected to “allocate sufficient resources to adequately provide” and otherwise “exercise reasonable care” and failed to:
- prevent and timely treat injuries
- manage pain
- comply with physician orders
- provide adequate food
- dispense pain medication
Another allegation is that a Cumberland Manor staff member performed a simulated sexual lap dance on Pittman “to otherwise embarrass and humiliate decedent.”
Ultimately, Pittman was transferred from the home to a hospital for treatment of malnutrition, sepsis, bedsores, weight loss and dehydration before he died on March 2, 2018.
The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages and attorney’s fees. The family’s attorney is David R. Cohen, of Cohen Kolodny Abuse Analytics Law LCC. He says copies of medical charts, nursing records, nurse aides’ records and incident reports relating to Pittman’s stay will be reviewed.
For more than 60 years, Cumberland Manor was owned by Cumberland County, but sold to a private group, Cumberland Operations LLC in 2012.
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