Paul M. da Costa Quoted in Article, “These nursing home residents were tossed out with no notice, lawsuit says, causing hardship, early death.”

May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

By Susan K Livio and Ted Sherman, NJ Advance Media for

There were 72 mostly frail and elderly men and women who had called Princeton Care Center their home.

Among them were Florence Edwards, who had lived there for five years. There was Thomas Steffe, once an avid golfer who was receiving nursing care after he was struck down by advanced Parkinson’s disease. And Nora Mikkelsen, diagnosed with lung cancer, who wanted to stay close to her doctors.

All were forced to move out with just a few hours’ notice when the financially troubled nursing home off a wooded, two-lane road not far from Princeton University abruptly shut its doors with little warning last September and told everyone they had to leave.

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“What the owners of the Princeton Care Center did to my clients’ loved ones is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated,” said their attorney Paul da Costa of Roseland, who represented many whose loved ones died at the state operated Veterans Memorial Homes at Paramus and Menlo Park. “The total disregard for the residents’ human dignity is deplorable.”

Princeton Care Center, he said, completely betrayed the trust given to them.

“We intend to shine a spotlight on this extremely dark situation through the civil justice system, and my clients call on the Legislature to conduct hearings and investigate what transpired here,” he said.

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