Lawsuit: ManorCare pursuing recovery of nursing care costs

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 15, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A local elder care facility is looking to recoup more than $64,000 in care costs from the spouse and son of a former patient, who resided there for a period of just over 16 months between 2015 and 2017.

PITTSBURGH – A local elder care facility is looking to recoup more than $64,000 in care costs from the spouse and son of a former patient, who resided there for a period of just over 16 months between 2015 and 2017.

Manor Care – Greentree of Pittsburgh, PA, LLC (doing business as “ManorCare Health Services – Greentree) of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 13 versus Jean P. Terpack of Bridgeville and Robert Terpack Jr. of Carnegie.

“Robert L. Terpack was an adult individual who resides at ManorCare, located at 1848 Greentree Road, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Sept. 26, 2015 through Feb. 7, 2017. Deceased resident was admitted into ManorCare on Sept. 26, 2015, at which time his son, defendant Robert Terpack, entered into an Admission Agreement with ManorCare as his father’s agent under a Power of Attorney document. Per the Admission Agreement, ManorCare agreed to provide skilled nursing services to the deceased resident in return for a promise for defendant Robert Terpack that he would use his father’s resources and income to pay ManorCare for the skilled nursing services that it would provide to his father,” the lawsuit reads.

According to the lawsuit, the elder Terpack’s bills were going unpaid and ManorCare reached out to the younger Terpack to fulfill those financial obligations, in his capacity as his father’s agent.

“Notwithstanding these requests for payment, deceased resident’s outstanding balance continued to grow up to the date that he passed away, on Feb. 7, 2017, at the age of 77 years old. At the time of his passing, the deceased resident was indebted to ManorCare in the amount of $64,838.27 for skilled nursing services rendered to him,” the lawsuit adds.

For violation of relatives’ liability statute (filial support), the plaintiff is seeking damages from the defendants, jointly and severally, of $64,838.27, plus interest, costs of suit and any such other relief as the Court may deem just and appropriate.

The plaintiff is represented by Kirk S. Sohonage of SOHO Legal Services, in Harrisburg.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-017003

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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