Family of Derry man found dead after wandering away files lawsuit

DERRY — Nine months after he was found dead in a swamp, the family of a Derry man is suing a nursing home, ambulance service and the medical center they say allowed him to wander away from a medical appointment.

Three sisters of John “Jack” Walsh Jr., a 63-year-old with mental health issues, filed a lawsuit this week in Rockingham County Superior Court against Parkland Medical Center, Pleasant Valley Nursing Center and Action Ambulance.

“The nursing home had a responsibility to make sure he was safely transported, and apparently they did not communicate this to the ambulance service that Jack had mental health issues,” said Michael P. Rainboth of the Portsmouth-based Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy & Lown. “The woman from the (ambulance) company says she wasn’t told anything about him … and unfortunately the woman from the driving company just left him there and never circled back.”  READ MORE>>