Opis Highlands Lake Center Lawsuits and State Deficiency Reports
Background Information on Highlands Lake Center
Opis Highlands Lake Center, also referred to as Highlands Lake Nursing Home is legally known as Highlands Lake Center, LLC. Opis’ Highlands Lake Center is a 179-bed nursing home in Polk County, Florida. As of the time of this post, Opis Highlands Lake Center has received an overall rating of 4 stars from Medicare. This for-profit facility can be found at 4240 Lakeland Highlands Road in Lakeland, Florida. Highlands Lake Center has been owned by Gabriel Living Centers, LLC, since 2003. Gabriel Living Centers, LLC is affiliated with Opis Senior Services Group, who run facilities such as the Opis Ruleme Center, Opis Coquina Center, Opis Riverwood Center, and more.
Opis Highlands Lake Center has been sued in the past for allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect. Additionally, the nursing home has been cited numerous times by the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for deficiencies in resident care.
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Lawsuits Against Opis Highlands Lake Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations
The following lawsuits have been filed against Opis Highlands Lake Center:
Allegations: While she was a resident at the nursing home, Ms. Jones suffered numerous preventable falls. As a result of those falls, she suffered a ruptured quadriceps, head trauma, and other fall-related injuries. Ms. Jones required surgery to repair her quadriceps and had to undergo a three-month immobilization of her leg.
Zemankiewicz vs. Highlands Lake Center, LLC, a/k/a Opis Highlands Lake Nursing Home
Allegations: Mr. Zemankiewicz, the Power of Attorney of Mrs. Zemankiewicz, filed a lawsuit against Highlands Lake Center, LLC. after his wife had a fall in the facility. As a result of her fall, Mrs. Zemankiewicz suffered a fractured left hip.
Vining, Catherine E. E/O vs. Opis Highlands Lake Center
Allegations: Due to the facility’s negligence, Ms. Vining suffered from multiple falls, pneumonia, cellulitis, urinary tract infections, unexplained bruising, significant weight loss, dehydration, and a pressure ulcer. Ms. Vining was hospitalized but ultimately passed away.
Wallace, Janice S. E/O vs. Highlands Lake Center, LLC.
Allegations: Ms. Wallace’s sons filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Highlands Lake Center, LLC. after their mom passed away. After complaining of nausea and pain for a long period of time, Ms. Wallace was transferred from the nursing home to the hospital. Once at the hospital, Ms. Wallace was diagnosed with septic shock due to a severe urinary tract infection. Ms. Wallace succumbed to the infections at the hospital shortly after her admission.
Deficiencies at Opis Highlands Lake Center for Resident Care Violations
During an inspection in the nursing home in November 2021, surveyors determined that the facility had failed to provide a notice of discharge form to the appropriate parties when transferring two residents out of the facility. The residents’ families never received the notices and were unaware of their unplanned transfers.
This inspection found that the facility failed to create a plan of care for five residents that were recently admitted into the nursing home. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enforces that nursing homes need to create and put into place a plan for meeting the resident’s most immediate needs within 48 hours of being admitted. When interviewed about this issue, the Director of Nursing told surveyors that the facility did not have a policy in place regarding baseline care plans but would begin working on one.
*Each case is different. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome or indicate an expected outcome on your particular case. The above prior lawsuit information is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney. This individual case information above comes from publicly filed allegations gathered from the plaintiff’s complaint. The allegations in the complaint have not been proven true. These cases are not the work of this law firm. The inspection results are provided from public government agency surveys. The state Department of Health conducts a survey of all nursing home facilities at least once every 15 months. The deficiencies listed on this page may have been corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. Citations, ratings, statistics, and deficiencies are current as of the date of this post and will change later on. The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information at medicare.gov. This material is not endorsed by the facility noted or by any governmental agency. Speak with an attorney immediately if you believe you have a viable case against a nursing home, assisted living facility, or medical facility.
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