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October 13th, 2010

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in the Albert Lea, Minnesota nursing home abuse case.

The family of Sylvia Wulff, now deceased, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court of South Dakota, the headquarters of the nursing home chain.

The family of Wulff was part of the civil case in Freeborn County against the nursing home and the accused abusers. But in Minnesota when victims die, liability goes away. However, the family is still entitled to sue the South Dakota based nursing home chain.

The lawsuit is based on the alleged negligence of the Good Samaritan Society, accused of not properly supervising the teenage certified nursing assistants who allegedly sexually, physically, and emotionally abused residents for 6 months in 2008.

The lawsuit states, “the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society’s systemic failure to exercise proper supervision and control over the conduct of its teenage employees resulted in the six-month pattern of abuse of the vulnerable adults at Good Samaritan Society.”

The Good Samaritan Society claims that is was unaware of the abuse; and points out that the investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health said the nursing home responded swiftly when it learned of the allegations.


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