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Madison nursing home accused of negligence

RICHMOND — In a wrongful death suit filed Friday in Madison County, a Lexington man alleges corporate and medical negligence of a Richmond nursing home led to the death of his mother.

Charles Brock, administrator of the estate of his mother, Margaret E. Brock, alleges she suffered "accelerated deterioration of her health and physical condition" while she was at Fir Lane Terrace Convalescent Center.

Margaret Brock was admitted to Fir Lane Terrace, officially known as Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Complex Kenwood, on Aug. 27, 2008. She remained a resident there, except for times she was hospitalized, until Oct. 7, 2008, when she was transferred to a hospital, the suit says.

The retired nanny died that same day, her 80th birthday, according to her obituary from Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home in Richmond.

The suit alleges Margaret Brock suffered falls, abrasions, medication errors, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, pneumonia, infections and eventually death, "all of which were caused by the wrongful conduct" of the defendants. The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages.

The suit names as defendants three administrators of Fir Lane Terrace and various subsidiaries of Extendicare Inc., the company that owns the center. Extendicare had not filed a response to the suit, and officials with the company could not be reached for comment.

The suit alleges numerous failures by Fir Lane Terrace, including failure to provide sufficient staff that was properly qualified and trained; failure to ensure that Margaret Brock "received adequate assessment of her nutritional needs to prevent malnutrition"; and failure to provide "proper supervision, treatment and assessment in order to prevent falls."

Madison Manor, another Richmond facility owned by Extendicare, was cited for 25 deficiencies by the federal government during an inspection in 2008. The state average is seven deficiencies.

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