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ABC 7 Bay Area: Dudensing Law represents a 79-year-old woman suing East Oakland nursing home after repeated sexual assault

May 13, 2024
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Elder abuse attorney Ed Dudensing represents Cheryl Doe, a 79-year-old woman, and her son Robert, in a February 2024 lawsuit against the Windsor Healthcare Center of Oakland regarding the alleged rape, elder neglect, and fraud she was victim to while under its care for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A preliminary investigation by Dudensing law found that after Robert’s mother was raped by another resident, he was not informed until days after the incident. Rather than the managerial staff at the center, a certified nursing assistant was the one who told Robert about both the assault and the center’s intentional concealing of the attack. Emboldened by the center’s inaction after the first attack, the offender again accessed Cheryl’s room where he retaliated, leaving bruises and wounds on her body.

Windsor Healthcare Center of Oakland sits under Brius Management Company, a large nursing home operator similar to others Dudensing Law has brought cases against, citing abuse of the vulnerable elderly population entrusted in their care. Widespread understaffing of nursing facilities subjects residents to dangerous conditions, and by seeking justice for victims and holding these companies accountable, Dudensing Law strives to ensure that senior citizens receive the care they deserve.

“This really strikes at the heart of the fundamental obligation of nursing homes — keep your patients safe,” said Ed Dudensing. “They have a history of failures of care that not only involves resident-on-resident abuse, like this case, but other areas of neglect as well.”

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