Summer Place Nursing & Rehabilitation has filed suit against a former patient, Michael Dugas, seeking to recover a debt of more than $38,000.

The suit was filed June 17 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on May 14, 2012, Dugas entered into a contract to be admitted to Summer Place.

In June 2012 he defaulted under the terms of the contract by failing to pay his incurred costs, totaling $28,291.61 (which will increase to $40,248.68 if Medicaid denies his claims), the suit states.

Summer Place is suing for actual damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.

Austin attorney Jesse Butler of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons represents the plaintiff.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A194-450

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