Bronx nursing home sued over dementia resident’s brutal murder

Represented by Morgan & Morgan, the family of a man who was allegedly killed in a nursing home in the Bronx last year has filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful death, violations of various New York state public health laws governing nursing home facilities’ negligence, negligent training and supervision, and medical malpractice.


The suit alleges that on May 21, 2021, Lloyd Godfrey was assaulted and killed by another resident of Pinnacle Multicare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Co-Op City Boulevard in the Bronx. According to the death certificate, his cause of death was “homicidal violence including blunt force trauma to the head.”


An investigation conducted by New York State’s Department of Health found that the nursing home played a role in allowing the circumstances that led to Mr. Godfrey’s death and two prior unrelated assaults involving other residents. The Department of Health reported that Pinnacle “did not ensure that they had sufficient and competent staff to provide direct services to residents to assure resident safety.” 


I have attached a copy of the complaint, and below is a statement from Morgan & Morgan attorneys John Morgan and Jesse Capell:


“When the Godfrey family put their father in the care of the Pinnacle Center, they expected him to be safe and as happy as possible as his dementia worsened. The family trusted that those at the facility would take care to ensure the safety of all their residents. Instead, Pinnacle was allegedly grossly negligent in allowing a brutal murder to occur under their watch. While the company in question has already paid a fine to the State of New York’s Department of Health, Mr. Godfrey’s family is taking further action to gain some closure about this horrifying situation and do everything in their power to make sure that Pinnacle changes their policies so that nothing like this can ever happen again.”


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