A Crystal River long-term care facility is the target of a wrongful death lawsuit in which Crystal Gem Manor Assisted Living is accused of allowing a former resident to be beaten, cut and tortured for over a week until his death in March 2019.
“It’s the most egregious case of abuse that I’ve ever seen in my 40 years of medical malpractice cases,” said David Best, the attorney representing Phillip J. Gordon, the representative of Harvey James Gordon’s estate.
Phillip Gordon is asking for more than $5 million in the lawsuit, which names the long-term care facility, its affiliates, owners, administrator Samantha Lynn Dulaney, and one employee, as defendants in the lawsuit.
“They (Crystal Gem Manor Assisted Living) were on notice that (Gordon) was being attacked and did nothing about it,” Best told the Chronicle.
The Medical Examiner’s March 12, 2019, report lists the cause of Gordon’s death as blunt force trauma due to assault and the manner of death as homicide.
The medical examiner’s report lists in its autopsy of Gordon head trauma, hemorrhaging, several cuts, bruises and fractures as well as other age-related health issues, which contributed to the death, according to a copy of the report obtained by the Chronicle.
According to the lawsuit, Gordon was a resident of the assisted living facility between Feb. 22, 2019, and March 12, 2019.
When the Chronicle contacted the assisted living facility, a company employee said they did not want to comment.
A former employee of the facility is named in the lawsuit as having committed the injuries against Gordon, but no arrests have been made in the case. The State Attorney’s case into the death is still open.