Nursing home denies allegations in bedsore lawsuit

David Yates Oct. 26, 2010, 11:33am

Clairmont Beaumont denies allegations in a recent lawsuit that former patient Richard Neumann was allowed to develop a bedsore on his right heel which led to amputation.

As previously reported by the Southeast Texas Record, Neumann died a year following the amputation and his benefactor, David Neumann, filed a lawsuit against Clairmont on July 30 in Jefferson County District Court, claiming the bedsore was preventable.

On Aug. 30 Clairmont filed an answer to the suit and demand for jury trial.

According to the complaint, Neumann was admitted to Clairmont on April 14, 2009, for rehabilitation for a total left hip replacement from a previous fall. A week later, he developed the bedsore.

"As a result of the preventable bedsore, Neumann's right leg below the knee was amputated ... on July 9, 2009," the suit states. "Neumann ultimately died on July 10."
Clairmont is accused of negligently failing to turn Neumann and prevent the bedsore.

However, the nursing home denies the plaintiff's allegations and is demanding proof of negligence, according to the defendant's answer.

The plaintiff is suing for Neumann's past and future mental anguish, emotional pain, medical expenses and impairment.

He is represented by Beaumont attorney Adam Terrell of the Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell law firm.

Clairmont is represented by Houston attorney Chastiti Horne of Ebanks, Taylor and Horne.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. E187-440

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