Garcia accused the company of seeking out "the sickest of the sick who require the most attention" because these patients would bring in higher Medicare payments. The company would then give these patients little attention, Garcia claimed.
He hopes the lawsuit will force the court to order an independent monitor to oversee the company's centers.
"These nursing homes are supposed to be examined every 15 months, but sometimes it's two or three years between investigations," he said. "So basically these places operate unpoliced even though they're supposed to be policed."
A spokeswoman for Life Care in Cleveland, Tenn., could not be reached Friday.