Estate of woman who died at nursing home sues

Staff report


The administrator of the estate of a nursing-home patient who died a year ago, after walking out of the facility and dying of hypothermia, has sued Grace Woods and a former employee.

The suit names Grace Woods, 730 Youngstown-Warren Road, and employee Andrea Clark of Liberty as defendants. The patient was Eva Gorosic, who was 84 when she died April 9, 2012.

The suit says Grace Woods and Clark “negligently failed to provide [Gorosic] with adequate, appropriate and timely medical treatment, nursing care and other services.”

At the time of Gorosics’ death, Clark was the only resident-care assistant on duty to supervise about 30 residents, according to Vindicator files. Gorosics was in her room at 4 a.m. when Clark checked on her but was missing at 6 a.m., said Niles police, who were notified at 6:30 a.m. after a search of the other residents’ rooms.

The suit says Gorosics suffered as a result of the negligence of the nursing home “injuries to her head, arms, knees and other parts of her body, suffered great pain of body and mind, suffered mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation and loss of dignity, and died.”

A call to the nursing home Thursday afternoon was not returned.

An investigation later in April by the Ohio Department of Health concluded that conditions at the facility at the time of Gorosic’s death constituted a “real and present danger” to residents.

In May, the state said the nursing home had “substantially corrected all licensure violations.”

Clark, who was fired from Grace Woods, was convicted in Niles Municipal Court on April 4, 2013, of misdemeanor patient abuse, fined $250 and placed on one year’s probation. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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