Estate administrator blames Broomall Rehabilitation for patient's death

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 13, 2018

MEDIA — An estate administrator is suing Broomall Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and affiliated entities for negligence and wrongful death.

Christina Melton, administratrix of the estate of the late Claudia Gatling, filed a complaint April 19 in Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, alleging that the nursing home operators failed to protect Gatling's rights as a resident of the facility.

According to the complaint, Gatling was admitted as a short-term rehabilitation resident at the defendants' facility on Feb. 22, 2016. As a result of the defendants' alleged negligence, Melton said Gatling suffered a preventable and avoidable fall and was injured. The plaintiff said Gatling died on Feb. 27, 2016 as the result of a blunt impact trauma to the head.

The plaintiff said she holds Broomall responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide a safe environment and failed to provide adequate and appropriate custodial care and supervision.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks a judgment in excess of $50,000, punitive damages, costs and expenses. She is represented by Leon Aussprung and Charles J. Galvin of Law Office of Leon Aussprung MD LLC in Philadelphia.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas case number 18-738

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