Nursing Home Negligence Ends in Resident Disappearance and Large Verdict

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Ruby Larson disappeared in July, 2007 from the Pheasant Point Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Molalla, Oregon.

The Pheasant Point Retirement and Asisted Living Residence in Molalla, Oregon was home to 75 year old Ruby Larson. Ruby was admitted to the home in May of 2007, suffering from dementia, short-term memory loss, and disorientation. She had no recollection of her own medical needs, and had a history of wandering off.
The staff at Pheasant Point was aware of Ruby’s condition, as well as the inherent risks associated with it. During her stay there, Ruby wandered off 4 seperate times. The fourth time, July 23, 2007, she never returned. Teams from three surrounding counties searched and found nothing. She was declared legally dead by judge’s order in 2008.

Ruby’s son, David Buoy, filed a $2 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the Molalla retirement home, accusing the facility of nursing home negligence and improper care towards his mother.
His attorney, Phil Leubbers, named Pheasant Point and it’s parent company, Spectrum Retirement Communities, in the suit. Among it’s many allegations of nursing home neglect, the suit also alleges that Pheasant Point was slow to act on Ruby’s dissappearance, taking their time before reporting her absence to police.

Three Years Later, Her Body is Found

In May 2010, Ruby Larson’s body was discovered amidst blackberry bushes in a field just a quarter mile away from the facility. Her body was fully clothed and found by a 4 year old child who was searching for his missing cat.

On October 4, 2010, Ruby’s family was awarded $821,000 by a Multnomah County jury. They returned an 11-1 verdict for negligence. Attorneys for Pheasant Point and Spectrum Retirement maintain that “. . . no one did anything wrong here. Ruby Larson lived the life she wanted to live.”

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Ruby Larson’s death was brought on by continued negligence and repeated failure on the part of Pheasant Point to protect Ruby from herself. The state she was in required caretakers to pay close attention to her and prevent her from disappearing. They failed 4 times to keep her inside the facility, and the last time was deadly.

If you or a loved one have suffered the effects of nursing negligence or abuse, call an experienced New Jersey or Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse attorney at the Mininno Law Office. We will work hard to get you to compensation you deserve!
Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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