Care center resident with terminal cancer suffered ‘unimaginable agony’ after theft of pain meds
COLUMBIA, SC, July 18, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — The law firm of Whetstone Perkins & Fulda announced on Wednesday that it has reached a settlement on behalf of the family of Henry Sloan, a man with terminal pancreatic cancer who was denied hundreds of doses of pain meds due to theft by an employee. Sloan resided at Oakleaf Village, a care facility in Lexington, South Carolina, prior to his death last year.
Attorneys Cheryl Perkins and Charles Whetstone, founding partners at Whetstone Perkins & Fulda, represented Sloan’s sister, Barry Sloan Lide, in a lawsuit against Oakleaf Village for the pain and suffering her brother endured before his death. The law firm has extensive experience in abuse and neglect cases involving nursing homes and other care facilities.
The facility agreed last week to a $1 million settlement. Earlier this year, a former employee at Oakleaf also pleaded guilty to multiple counts for knowing about the thefts and failing to take action, while another employee is scheduled to stand trial in December on charges of stealing the meds.
“The theft of Mr. Sloan’s pain pills made the last months of his life excruciating,” Perkins said. “Instead of being able to focus on his loved ones, he was in unimaginable agony.”
The judge presiding in the criminal case of the former employee who pleaded guilty to counts of failure to report abuse of a vulnerable adult and accessory after the fact said that the ongoing thefts were “one of the most callous things I’ve ever experienced,” according to The State.
Whetstone said this case is the kind of scenario families dread when moving an elderly relative into a nursing home.
“Moving a loved one into a care facility is one of the hardest things for both seniors and their families,” he said. “Safety is a major concern, and cases like this demonstrate the tragedy that can occur when caretakers violate trust.”
About Whetstone Perkins & Fulda
Whetstone Perkins & Fulda is a full-service law firm that has earned millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, as well as by medical malpractice, defective products, nursing home abuse and more. Attorneys at the firm also accept business litigation and criminal defense cases from offices in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Kingstree, South Carolina.
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