John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 9, 2012, 9:11am

GALVESTON - Texas City resident Charles Matthews alleges a relative of his was subjected to substandard care at a local nursing facility and has filed a lawsuit. 

Recent court documents filed Oct. 4 in Galveston County District Court show Eddie Matthews fell twice in late 2011 while under the care of Gulf Healthcare Center.

The defendant admitted Eddie Matthews at its Texas City premises on Feb. 29, 2008.

Charles Matthews, his attorney in fact, claims the resident fell and fractured his right hip on Sept. 22, 2011, requiring surgery.

That incident was supposedly followed by another fall a month later which injured his right hip once more.

In addition to the falls, Eddie Matthews developed infected pressure ulcers, the suit says.

According to the complainant, GHC "repeatedly violated the law by failing to provide sufficient numbers of nursing personnel and to provide competent nursing personnel."

It further faults the respondent for holding itself out to the public as having knowledge or skill particular to the care of the elderly only to misrepresent itself to the plaintiff.

Charles Matthews consequently sues for pain and suffering, psychological distress, physical losses, emotional distress, mental anguish and medical expenses.

He also seeks a jury trial.

Attorney Roy Camberg with The Camberg Law Firm P.C. in Houston is representing the complainant, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-2128

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