2 residents suing Avante at Ormond Beach for $30K

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. —

Two patients are suing a Volusia County nursing home that's already on a federal watch list.

The state had fined Avante at Ormond Beach $36,000 for not reporting an alleged sexual assault, WFTV reported in April.

The residents who filed the lawsuits said the staff neglected to properly care for them.

The lawsuits make some very serious allegations of neglect, and outline problems that those bringing the suit say could have been prevented had staff at Avante done their job.

Constance Hall, one of two people suing the nursing home, said the staff did not protect her from a fall, failed to monitor her symptoms of an infection and did not respond to her malnourishment.

She developed pneumonia, MRSA and was over-medicated.

The second lawsuit, filed by former resident Virgina English also said staff neglect caused her to suffer infections, malnourishment and skin tearing.

"They need to be taken care of, and we need to step up to do it," Lee said.

Resident Doris Brown said she thinks her care is very good and was surprised at the lawsuits.

"The people are very kind. Anything you want, you get. I'm just amazed," Brown said.

Both lawsuits say the women suffered bodily injury, disability, disfigurement and aggravation of a previously existing condition.

Avante did not want to comment.

Each lawsuit is seeking $15,000 in damages.

Earlier this year, the state fined Avante $36,000 for not reporting an alleged sexual assault.