A New Jersey assisted-loving facility is being sued by the family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died of head injuries after she was attacked by another patient, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark.
The suit was filed last week in Superior Court in Camden by the family of Rita Ellinger, formerly of Little Ferry, against HCR ManorCare of Toledo, Ohio. Ellinger was a patient at an HCR facility, Arden Courts, in Whippany, N.J.
The lawsuit alleges that in 2010 Ellinger, 85, told staff at the facility that she was being stalked and threatened by a fellow patient who had a violent past, The Ledger reported. The staff, according to the suit, just told Ellinger to avoid the man by going down a different corridor.
Ellinger told the staff about the patient who was harassing her on Oct. 3, 2010, the suit says. The man followed her to a hallway’s end, where he grabbed her and started choking her, The Ledger said. He then threw her down on the floor, where she hit her head.
The geniuses at the assisted-living facility didn’t get medical attention for Ellinger until the next day, when half of her face started drooping, according to The Ledger. She said she had a headache. As it turns out, she had suffered a brain hemorrhage. She died at a local hospital on Oct. 8, 2010.