Indiana Nursing Home Patient’s Family Sues over Death

March 7, 2013

Relatives of an 88-year-old Indiana woman who died after being attacked by another nursing home resident say the home’s owners lied about her injuries.

Betty Riley’s family filed a complaint with the Indiana Department of Insurance against the Marion County Health and Hospital Corp. and American Senior Communities accusing them of neglect in Riley’s 2011 death at Summit City Nursing and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne.

The complaint says Riley died of brain injuries after being shoved down, but nursing home officials told her relatives she had a stroke and fell. State health officials later cited the nursing home for inadequate supervision.

The companies issued a statement saying they cooperated in state and local investigations of the death but could not comment further because of pending litigation.

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