Wrongful death suit continued to September 2012

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 3, 2011, 3:49pm

GALVESTON - An order in favor of an agreed motion for continuance has been entered into a wrongful death lawsuit.

Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia signed the order on Sept. 6, granting the continuance from its current April 23, 2012, trial setting.

W. Perry Evans is suing Friendship Haven Inc., Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Inc., Regent Care Center of League City LP and Cornerstone Health Management Co. over the death of Bertha Reed.

According to a lawsuit filed in December 2010, the four healthcare entities each contributed to Reed's passing two years ago from an assortment of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease and bacterial pneumonia.

The decedent, who was a Harris County resident at the time of her death, was a patient under the defendants' care from August 2008 to April 2009.

She also suffered from multiple decubitous ulcers and dehydration "attributed to the defendants' disregard for her physical and emotional well-being and failure to follow standard nursing practices," the original petition argues.

Reed died on April 26, 2009.

The six-page motion, submitted Aug. 30, seeks to retrieve Reed's medical records spanning the time she was under the respondents' care.

It says the records are "voluminous" therefore requiring the parties to use additional time to identify and acquire them.

The continuance moves the trial setting to September 2012.

Case No. 10-cv-4283

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