Staff of Home Allegedly Failed to Stop Abuse of Dementia Patient By Fellow Patient
DALLAS (May 11, 2015) – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is representing a nursing home resident who was the victim of an alleged sexual assault perpetrated by a fellow resident. The victim, who suffers from dementia, was allegedly assaulted by another dementia patient living at the facility. According to KOMO-TV in Seattle, several assaults occurred at the Cashmere Convalescent Center in Cashmere, WA, with multiple victims, beginning in mid-January 2015.
The television station reported that the facility is being investigated by the State of Washington for the alleged repeated sexual assaults. According to an initial report from state and federal surveyors, the staff of the facility did little to either stop the attacks from occurring or preventing them from happening again. KOMO-TV reported that the Washington Department of Health’s Board of Nursing did not know what was happening at Cashmere until it was notified by the station.
The Board, according to the station, performed an investigation and found “facility-wide” and “systemic” issues at Cashmere.
Baron & Budd’s client is unable to feed herself or move her feet. KOMO-TV reported that Cashmere’s Director of Nursing Services was aware of what was happening to her, yet viewed it as consensual. According to the report from state and federal surveyors, a male patient continued to make advances toward the female patient, but the director said there was nothing they could do until “he crosses the line.”
“Nursing homes should provide a safe and secure environment for their residents. Patients, especially those suffering from physical and mental limitations, are particularly susceptible to abuse of this type. These victims deserve an advocate to determine the facts and hold people responsible for the abuse and neglect,” said Cary McDougal, shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “We will aggressively represent our client and do everything possible to ensure the truth is uncovered both for the protection of our client and other Cashmere residents.”
If you or a loved one suffered abuse at the Cashmere Convalescent Center, please get in touch with Baron & Budd immediately to see how we may be able to help continue our investigation. Call 855-280-7664 or contact us online to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
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The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.