7th Lawsuit Against Minn. Nursing Home Filed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A seventh lawsuit has been filed in federal court in South Dakota over alleged elder abuse at a Minnesota nursing home.

The latest lawsuit claims like the others that the Sioux Falls-based Evangelical Good Samaritan Society failed to properly oversee employees at the home in Albert Lea.

A Minnesota Health Department investigation in May 2008 concluded that several nursing assistants mistreated dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The Argus Leader reports that one woman has been sentenced to three months in jail in the case and another is to be sentenced in December.

In Minnesota, liability claims die with the victim. In South Dakota, families of victims can pursue civil claims on their behalf.

The Good Samaritan Society has sought to have the lawsuits filed in South Dakota dismissed.

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