Dunedin nursing home sued after resident’s death

DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFLA) – A Dunedin nursing home is being sued after a woman was attacked by another resident and later died, according to court records.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Janet Banis, alleges the Dunedin Care Center, based at 1351 San Christopher Drive. violated Celcelia Peck’s rights by failing to protect her during an “unobserved physical assault” that resulted in horrific head and body injuries.

The attack occurred on July 28, 2021. Peck died four days later. The coroner found that her death was “a result of the continued and unwitnessed assault on her and the resultant facial trauma.”

The lawsuit states that the nursing home “should have known of the violent tendencies of the assaulting resident, but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent assaults on other residents.”

It also stated that Peck suffered “significant and unnecessary mental anguish, pain and suffering, medical care and expenses, and an untimely death.”

Banis is suing for over $50,000 in damages.

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