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Nursing home faces wrongful death claim after man fell suffered head injury, broken neck


By Marian Johns | Feb 13, 2020


HOUSTON — The estate of a former Village of River Oaks resident with Alzheimer's who wandered into an elevator, fell and broke his neck, is claiming wrongful death. 

Thomas Goodwin, individually and as independent executor of the Estate of Earl Goodwin; David Goodwin and Marti Goodwin filed a complaint  Feb. 4 in the Harris County District Court against Bridgewood-RCM Property Management LLC doing business as The Village of River Oaks alleging negligence and wrongful death. 

Earl Goodwin, Jr., became a resident of The Village of River Oaks on Sept. 6, 2018. The plaintiffs allege that after he was transferred to the facility's 24-hour care unit due to the progression of his Alzheimer's, he was unsupervised and wandered into an elevator where he fell, hit his head, suffered bleeding in his brain and a suffered a broken neck. Goodwin passed away from his injuries on Oct. 5, 2018. 

The plaintiffs seek monetary relief of more than $1 million, trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. He is represented by Scott Armstrong and Teri Russell of Armstrong & Lee LLP in Houston. 

Harris County District Court case number 2020-07939

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