My father was the tragic subject of assisted living abuse at a facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Under the trusted care of his attendees they allowed him to lose over 40% of his body weight without alerting me of the problem. I live two thousand miles away and while I traveled to Cedar Rapids every three months to see my dad this situation evolved very rapidly - and wholly unexpectedly. On my last visit to see my dad I walked right past him and didn't recognize him. It was that bad.
I took immediate action to help my father. I was, however, too late to save him. After several weeks of working day and night to help my father he succumbed to the effects of his abusive treatment at the facility and died.
I was destitute. I loved and respected my father more than any person can possibly comprehend. Here is a man who fought for the freedoms we now enjoy and almost lost his life several times in battle. But now, under the trusted care of health care "professionals", he is neglected, wasting away, and sitting half naked in the lobby of the facility in his wheel chair, sitting in his own feces, as I walked in and didn't recognize him!!!
After the shock of what happened I decided I simply could not allow this horrific treatment of someone else's parent be tolerated in Iowa ever again - EVER. I started an aggressive campaign with the State of Iowa.
After several months of investigation the State of Iowa found the facility negligent and levied the most sever penalties the State can levy.
I also realized, having spent my life in healthcare, that the operational managers and staff take their directives from their corporate owners: in this case, a very large corporation publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
I was surprised and frankly very disappointed almost every attorney I spoke with, in Iowa and several powerful firms outside of Iowa, were reluctant to take the case I knew had to be filed and litigated aggressively. Through this process, however, I was introduced to Mr. Pressley Henningsen, Esq. of Riccolo & Semelroth PC in Cedar Rapids.
I flew to Cedar Rapids to meet with Mr. Henningsen personally. When I first met with him I knew immediately here was an extraordinary professional with not only the scholarly legal and litigation experience to properly execute adjudication of my father's tragic demise, but a man with uncompromising values and genuine outrage with the abusive treatment of the elderly. He shared my belief that my father's horrible end had to be brought before a judge and jury and, equally important, alert every person in Iowa to pay attention to the care of our elderly and seek to never, ever allow this abuse to happen again.
Throughout the process I was extremely impressed with Mr. Henningsen and his team, and his partners at Riccolo & Semelroth. I've worked with many outstanding attorneys throughout my corporate life and none, and I mean this with all genuine sincerity, NONE could have been better counsel than Pressley. He and his team were the bulldogs in the pit I knew my father's legacy deserved to take on the corporate care-givers who neglected their responsibilities that directly led to the neglect and demise of my father.
To this day, I can not thank Pressley, his team, and his firm enough for what they did for me and my family. They were there at a horrible time in my life provide the competent attention my father's negligent death required, and the thoughtful, humane, personal comfort I at times also needed. This was arguably the most difficult circumstance I had to face in my life, and without question the most devastating. Mr. Henningsen and his team were there and fully committed to do the right thing. And they did!
Mr. Henningsen not only has my highest recommendation for his legal services that I can offer any attorney, he has my respect. Anyone seeking an attorney can be assured their interests will be effectively represented.