2004-04-16 / Community

Frozen Granny’s Family Seeks $10 Million

Frozen Granny’s Family Seeks $10 Million

The son of an Alzheimer’s patient who was found dead on the roof of a local nursing home on a frigid night in early February has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against his mother’s caretakers.

The suit was filed last Friday in Queens Supreme Court on behalf of Sidney Gardner, the son of 79-year-old Lillie Gardner. Lillie died on the roof of the Bishop Charles Maclean Waldo Nursing Home on February 3.

The lawsuit alleges "wrongful death by reason of negligence, wanton misconduct, reckless and/or gross negligence." It claims the Episcopal Health Services allowed dangerous conditions, and failed to properly manage, maintain, repair, operate, supervise and control their facility at 17-11 Brookhaven Avenue, in Far Rockaway.

Melissa Krantz, a spokesperson for the nursing home, declined to comment on Wednesday because, she said, the administration had not yet been served a copy of the suit.

"They will be served very soon…. There are no surprises," said Long Island attorney Kenneth Mollins whose firm is representing the plaintiff.

The state Health Department cited several violations at the nursing home after the incident. Krantz said all of them were addressed in a two-part correction plan, which includes additional staffing and new technology such as tracking bracelets.

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