Northampton County Coroner, Zachary Lysek, has ruled that Daniel Scanlan,
an 84-year-old veteran and long-time resident of the Lehigh Valley in
Pennsylvania, died on April 4, 2017 as a result of “complications
of blunt force head trauma” which occurred at Arden Courts of Old
Orchard in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania. The certificate of death
from the coroner’s office states that Mr. Scanlan was “pushed
by another resident causing him to fall and strike his head.” As
a result, the coroner marked “homicide” as the “manner
of death” on the certificate of death issued on September 14, 2017.
The children of Mr. Scanlan have retained
Robert Sachs, Esquire, of Shrager & Sachs, a nationally-recognized nursing home
and assisted living negligence lawyer from Philadelphia, PA, to investigate
and pursue a claim against Arden Courts of Old Orchard. Arden Courts is
owned by HCR Manor Care, Inc., which is owned by the Carlyle Group, one
of the nation’s largest private equity groups.
Medical records obtained by Mr. Sachs contain conflicting stories in “witness
statements” about whether Mr. Scanlan fell – as Coroner Lysek
concluded – after being pushed, or whether he was violently struck
in the head by a door at the hands of another resident.
The following is a statement by the family of Mr. Scanlan:
“We were deeply saddened to learn that our father died because of
resident-on-resident violence at Arden Courts. We trusted Arden Courts
to protect our father and keep him safe. He was placed in their memory
care unit because of Arden Courts’ ads and website which promised
a “safe and secure” environment. Sadly, it was just the opposite.
This loss was even more distressing because we were contacted anonymously
just before our father’s funeral, by someone claiming to be an employee
of that facility, and we were told that Arden Courts knew of the violent
tendencies of the assailant and nonetheless admitted the assailant and
allowed her to reside in the memory care unit. We are gratified that Coroner
Lysek undertook his careful investigation and reached the right conclusion
about the manner of our father’s death.”
Mr. Sachs is the same lawyer who is representing the family of Audrey Penn,
the 77-year-old woman who was able to leave the allegedly secure and locked
memory unit of Woodland Terrace at the Oaks Senior Living Community in
Lehigh County on August 23rd. Mrs. Penn was found deceased two miles from
that facility on September 18, 2017.
About Attorney Sachs
Mr. Sachs is the past Chair of the American Association for Justice, Nursing
Home Litigation Group, and focuses his practice on medical malpractice
and nursing home and assisted living abuse and neglect throughout Pennsylvania.
If you are looking to hire an experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice
attorney, call our firm at
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