Class-Action Lawsuit Against Largest Nursing Home Provider in California

October 22, 2014 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Brius Healthcare Services, California’s largest provider of nursing homes and its owner, Shlomo Rechnitz are being sued in a class-action lawsuit for violation of resident’s rights, fraud and unfair business practices. The lawsuit alleges dozens of claims of chronic understaffing and “actual or suspected abuse or neglect.” It seeks to make the nursing home provider comply with healthcare facility laws and regulations, as well as report violations and survey patients for any abuse.

The lawsuit alleges that Brius Healthcare Services admitted residents to dozens of its nursing homes without disclosing that the homes were understaffed and not properly maintained. In California, nursing homes must provide a minimum of three staff members for every two residents. More may be required depending on the resident’s needs. The lawsuit claims that Brius Healthcare was required to provide more than the minimum, but failed to adequately staff the nursing homes.

According to the complaint, the California Department of Health Care Services withheld Medi-Cal payments because Rechnitz nursing homes failed to provide audit materials and the company was also cited for multiple enforcement actions in violations of industry regulations.

Although this class action lawsuit applies to specific nursing homes in California, if you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of elder abuse in Oregon, you may also have a legal claim. The attorneys at Pickett Dummigan LLP have extensive experience representing the elderly in nursing home abuse cases. Contact our law offices at (866) 628-3294 or send us an e-mail at http://www.pickettdummigan.com/ for a free consultation.