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Family of Veteran Sues California Care Facility Over Fatal Heatstroke

The family of ex-Marine Gene Rogers has filed a wrongful death and elder abuse lawsuit against Meadow Oaks of Roseville, blaming the facility for Rogers’ fatal heatstroke.

Information About the Lawsuit Against Meadow Oaks

According to the Miami Herald, the family placed the 83-year old Rogers in Meadow Oaks around December 2017 after the veteran was diagnosed with dementia. In June 2018,  the family alleges that Rogers was left unattended on a patio in his wheelchair where he suffered  fatal heatstroke.

The state of California investigated the incident and determined that Meadow Oaks should face a $1,000 fine.  Unhappy with the results of the state investigation, the family decided to file a wrongful death suit against the facility.

The Family Accuses Meadow Oaks Neglect

The family claims that Rogers started off well at the facility but that he later began to show signs of neglect. Rogers’ hygiene began to decline, and the family caught staff leaving Rogers alone on the patio multiple times. According to the lawsuit,  the family instructed the staff to avoid leaving Rogers outside unattended.

The family also accuses Meadow Oaks of dishonesty. Rogers’ son claims the family received conflicting reports about Rogers’ condition. Staff underplayed  the severity of the heatstroke while the director of Meadow Oaks told the family that Rogers wheeled himself out onto the patio.

Rogers’ death was officially ruled as accidental.

Neglect in Assisted Living Facilities

Signs that assisted living staff are neglecting a resident include:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Depression
  • Skin rashes and sores

According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide, a 2010 study reported that half of all assisted living staff in the U.S. admitted to abusing or neglecting elderly residents.

Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

If you suspect that a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect at a nursing home, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. It can often be difficult to prove a nursing home’s negligence in the case of abuse or neglect. That’s why it is important to hire a personal injury law firm with the experienced lawyers and financial resources necessary to properly develop your case. Thomas J. Henry has helped victims achieve the compensation they deserve for more than two decades.

We will fight on your family’s behalf, ensure you receive excellent and dynamic representation, and bring the nursing home and their staff to justice. Contact us today for a case review, free of charge. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.




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