Widow alleges husband returned from respite care at The Carpenter House dehydrated, malnourished

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 15, 2019

GRETNA – A widow alleges her late husband was not timely treated for dehydration and malnourishment while in respite care.

Amelita LeBlanc, et al. filed a complaint on March 11 in the 24th Judicial District Court against St. Joseph Hospice LLC, doing business as The Carpenter House. 

According to the complaint, the Amelita LeBlanc's husband, Nolan LeBlanc, was a patient of the defendant from June 10 to June 15, 2016, for respite care. The plaintiffs allege when he returned home on June 15, 2016, he had a hematoma on his head and they took him to a hospital for evaluation. They allege Nolan LeBlanc was found to have a fracture in his right proximal femur, was dehydrated, malnourished, in acute renal failure and had opiates and benzodiazepines in his urine. The suit states he died Aug. 23, 2016.

The plaintiffs allege the defendant mismanaged Nolan LeBlanc's care and allowed him to fall and become dehydrated and malnourished.

The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiffs are represented by T. Carey Wicker III, J. Alex Watkins and Vincent E. Odom of Capitelli & Wicker in New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

The 24th Judicial District Court case number 792970

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