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Billion-dollar lawsuit filed against nursing home for repeated rape and sodomy of 84-year-old
Attorneys Willie E. Gary, Richard Banks and Larry A. Strauss seek justice for brutal assault on Ferguson, MO, great-grandmother
ST. LOUIS, MO –September 20, 2018 – When Colette Green had to place her 84-year-old mother Delores Green into a nursing home after the onset of Alzheimer’s in October 2011, she trusted Christian Care Home (CCH) would offer top notch care.
She did not expect her bedridden mother would be repeatedly raped and sodomized at the home.
She’s since learned that CCH, which is owned by Christian Women’s Benevolent Association, has a history of abuses and low ratings in government reviews.
Famed Attorney Willie E. Gary and senior associate Larry A. Strauss of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, PLLC, and Richard Banks of Banks & Associates, LLC, filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against CCH for its gross negligence in the operation of the nursing home facility, and complete failure to provide adequate protection for residents such as Mrs. Green. Also named as defendants are Riley-Spence Properties – a company which provides management services at the nursing home, and the owner of the property, CWBA Cedar Lake.
Colette Green visits her mother daily. During one such visit at the defendant’s facility in August 2018, she noticed unusual bruising and swelling around her mother’s rectum and vaginal area while giving her mother a bath. She reported this to the nursing home director, who claimed she would investigate the matter. Despite numerous additional complaints to the director, Colette Green’s pleas for help went unanswered.
Upon returning the next day, Colette Green became increasingly alarmed because there were additional bruises, more swelling, and no answers. At wits end, she removed her mother from CCH and took her to DePaul Hospital, where doctors examined her and determined that her mother had been repeatedly raped and sodomized.
“This lawsuit was filed to help shine a light on the under-reported evil of elder abuse in nursing homes throughout the country,” Gary said. “It is our hope that no other seniors will have to suffer the way Mrs. Green is suffering, as this level of depravity reaches an epic low.”
Based on the most recent United States Census report and elder abuse statistics, approximately 3.2 million U.S. citizens live in nursing homes. Of those 3.2 million, there are more than 2 million reports of elder abuse every year.
“It is disgusting to think that someone could do this to anyone – especially a helpless 84-year-old,” said Kyle Green, one of Delores Green’s sons. “Our family is grieving because our mother was abused, raped, and tortured. She has dementia and Alzheimer’s, and had to suffer in silence because she could not cry out for help. She is as innocent as a newborn baby, and equally helpless.”
Delores Green is the mother of 6 children, a grandmother to 14, and great-grandmother to 21.
Gary and his legal team have vowed to fight for justice not only for Mrs. Green, but for the millions of other seniors or those with disabilities – mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers trapped in nursing care who do not have a voice, or the strength, to fight for themselves.
“We are here to be a voice for the voiceless, and provide hope to the helpless,” Gary said.
Gary is no stranger to seeking justice. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. He won a $240 million jury verdict against the Walt Disney Corporation in Orlando for theft of his client’s idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch. In 2014, he obtained a record-breaking $23.6 billion-dollar wrongful death verdict against R.J. Reynolds American Tobacco. He also obtained a $20 million verdict – one of the largest wrongful death verdicts ever in North Carolina – against Horizon Coach Lines for the estate of a man killed in a bus crash in 2013.
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