In a horrific story, Willemenia Walden, a mother of two daughters, lost both of her legs above the knee due to the negligence of Haven Healthcare, a West Haven-based nursing home’s negligence. Stratton Faxon, Connecticut’s firm for trial law, is assisting Walden in her fight for justice.
In her early thirties, Willemenia Walden, a formerly active mother of two teenaged daughters, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The disease took its inexorable and tragic course. By the time she was 35; Walden could no longer speak or get out of bed. If only her story had ended there, it would have been bad enough. But two years ago, when Walden was only 38, both of her legs had to be amputated above the knee after she had developed necrotic bedsores while living at Haven Health Center of Soundview in West Haven. It is alleged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Walden by her attorney, Michael Stratton of Stratton Faxon, Connecticut’s Firm for Trial Law, that Haven Healthcare’s former Chief Executive Officer, Raymond Termini, may well have facilitated Walden’s neglect and abuse which caused her necrotic bedsores which necessitated the amputations to save her life. Stratton asserts that ‘Termini’s greed’ is to blame for his client’s severe bed sores and amputations. “We need to take greed out of the system,” he said, “This is a great example of greed causing a lot of pain and suffering.”
The Haven Healthcare nursing home chain came under scrutiny from state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal several years ago after allegations of poor patient care and financial problems. The company filed for bankruptcy in late 2007, reemerging with a plan that sold most of the nursing homes to different operators while placing some of the homes into state receivership.
Termini resigned as CEO after it was alleged that he used company assets to purchase a Nashville music recording studio and a lake house.
According to Walden’s sister and former caretaker Darlene Wilbon, Walden was admitted to Haven Healthcare’s West Haven facility in early 2007 because she required round-the-clock care that Wilbon could no longer provide.
“My sister cannot speak. Now, I am her mouthpiece,” Wilbon said by phone in mid-March from Georgia, where she recently relocated.