A lawsuit has been filed against Beverly Enterprises-Alabama, Inc., Beverly Healthcare Oneonta, Beverly Enterprises, Inc., and Laurel H. Massey, alleging wantonness, negligence, and breach of contract.

Mary Brothers filed the lawsuit on behalf of her sister, Eva Ryan.

Ms. Ryan became a resident of Beverly Healthcare Oneonta in 1999. Although Ms. Ryan suffered brain damage as a result of a childhood accident, the defendants were well aware of this medical condition and assured Ms. Ryan’s family that they could adequately meet her healthcare needs. To insure that Ms. Ryan and other residents were placed in their care, the defendants led the Alabama Department of Public Health to believe that they were skilled rehabilitators, properly staffed and equipped to meet the total needs of its residents, and able to meet all of the healthcare needs of Eva Ryan specifically.

“The defendants failed to provide the exemplary care that they had promised and reneged on their obligations to Eva Ryan,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Paul Sizemore of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C. “Consequently, Eva Ryan suffered catastrophic injuries, extreme pain, suffering and mental anguish.”

The defendants’ recurrent neglect accelerated the deterioration of her health and physical condition. Ms. Ryan’s injuries resulting from negligence are as follows: pressure sores on the back of the skull, development of infection in the pressure sores, the development of MRSA, and the development of osteomyelitis.

Ms. Brothers is being represented by Paul Sizemore of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. in Montgomery, Alabama and Rhonds Marie in Birmingham, Alabama.

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