Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center Lawsuits and Survey Violations

Lawsuits against Palm City Nursing and Rehab alleging nursing home negligence

Background Information on Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center

Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center is a 120-bed nursing home in Martin County. This for-profit facility is located across from the Hidden Oaks Middle School, at 2505 SW Martin Hwy in Palm City, Florida.

The legal business name of this facility is Sovereign Healthcare of Palm City, LLC. It is owned by Sovereign Healthcare Holdings, LLC. As of the time of this post, Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center is rated two out of five stars on Medicare’s Care Compare site, which is considered a “below average” rating. Additionally, the facility received 11 health citations from their most recent health inspection and the last 12 months of complaint and infection control infections. As a comparison, the average number of health citations during the same period of time in Florida care facilities is 5.9.

Lawsuits Against Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Allegations

The following nursing home negligence lawsuits have been filed against Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center:

Cramer, Janet vs. Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center

Allegations: While in Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center, Ms. Cramer was dropped by staff members. As a result of the drop, she suffered a spinal cord injury. Due to the spinal cord injury, she developed paralysis and required a full-time caregiver going forward.

Zarecki, Stephen E/O vs. Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center

Allegations: Linda Stumpf, Mr. Zarecki’s daughter, sued Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center after her father suffered a catastrophic fall in the facility. Mr. Zarecki unfortunately passed away due to his injuries.

Heist, Helen E. vs. Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center

Allegations: During her time in the facility, Ms. Heist suffered multiple falls. One such fall resulted in a left femoral fracture. Ms. Heist and her Power of Attorney sued Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center for nursing home negligence.

Deficiencies at Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center for Resident Care Violations

August 8th, 2022, Inspection at Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center

A complaint inspection occurred at the facility on 8/8/22 and found that staff had failed to follow a physician’s orders for obtaining a urinalysis. An Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) at the facility had observed blood in a resident’s urine. The resident was also exhibiting other symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), so the ARNP ordered a urinalysis to be done. Two days after the test was ordered, the resident underwent a significant change in condition and was rushed to the hospital. Review of the resident’s records from the facility revealed that the urinalysis was never done.

February 10th, 2022, Inspection at Highland Pines Rehabilitation Center

Interviews, record reviews, and observations made during this inspection at the facility showed that a resident had developed multiple bedsores while in the facility. Furthermore, wound care ordered by a physician was not provided to the resident by nurses until months after the initial order. Additionally, staff failed to conduct weekly skin assessments to monitor the wounds. The resident was diagnosed by a physician with a stage three bedsore on her sacrum and an unstageable bedsore on her left heel.


*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 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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