Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Case Settlements & Verdicts (Case Valuation)

Florida Bed Sore Verdicts & Settlements Involving Nursing Home Defendants
  • NAME: FERNANDES VS. SOVEREIGN HEALTHCARE
  • YEAR: 2015
  • TYPE/INJURY: BED SORES
  • AWARD: $550,000

This incident involved an elderly man named Joseph Fernandez and the nursing home where he lived. Lawyers for the gentleman brought a lawsuits after he died from injuries he sustained from following out of a chair. However, upon closer examination, they discerned that this was only one example of the neglect and abuse that he suffered during his time there. He also experienced developing bed sores and other serious conditions that affected his quality of life and gave him great pain and suffering. While the defendants denied these allegations, they could not deny the plain facts of the injuries that he suffered while under their care. Therefore, it was no surprise when the jury returned a verdict of $550,000 for the plaintiffs-$50,000 for medical bills and $500,000 for loss of services.

  • NAME: CARLOS VS. SANTA ROSA MEDICAL CENTER
  • YEAR: 2012
  • TYPE/INJURY: BED SORES
  • AWARD: $528,000

This lawsuit was a wrongful death action. An elderly man passed away at his Florida nursing home and representatives of his estate thought it was because of the negligent care the facility provided him. To evidence this point, they showed he suffered from bed sores and fell out of his bed, fracturing his hip, as well as other examples. The defendant denied that his death was because of these incidents or because of any of its conduct at all. It states that he was contributorily negligent and could not pursue any damages because he died from his own conduct. However, the jury disagreed and awarded the decedent’ family $528,000.

  • NAME: HAYNES VS. HOME AWAY FROM HOME OF HOLLY HILL INC.
  • YEAR: 1998
  • TYPE/INJURY: BED SORES
  • AWARD: $150,000

This affair escalated rapidly and ultimately led to the death of a nursing home resident. Prior to her passing, she brought suit against the nursing home facility because, in her opinions, it’s negligent care and conduct led to her sustaining bed sores and other pain and suffering. Additionally, in her lawsuit, she claimed that staff should have transferred her to a hospital or other medical facility quicker than they did. The result was that she had to endure great pain. Her complaint sought various damages related to these injuries. However, the defendant nursing home refused to give in and admit that they were in any way responsible for any problems the woman faces (who died shortly before trial). Therefore, the jury had to sort out who was at fault-they sided with the decedent’s estate and awarded the plaintiffs $150,000 in compensation for their damages but nothing for punitive damages.

  • NAME: DAHMER VS. LAKE WORTH ENTERPRISE
  • YEAR: 2012
  • TYPE/INJURY: BED SORES
  • AWARD: $1,775,000

The plaintiff in this lawsuit was a former professional wrestler. After living at a number of nursing homes and medical facilities, he transferred to his final home where he began to suffer from bed sores. Quickly, they began to worsen and became infected necessitating his transfer to a hospital. Sadly, the man died shortly after his arrival at the emergency room. His representatives sued the last nursing home he lived at and claimed that their negligent care was responsible for the emergence of bed sores, infection, rapid health decline, and death. For their part, the nursing home objected and countered that his overall medical condition made his death inevitable or at the very least was due in part to the actions of his prior residences. The jury found that the defendant home’s actions was the legal reason for them-wrestler’s death and awarded the family $1,775,000: $800,000 for pain and suffering and $975,000 for punitive damages.

  • NAME: BURKE VS. SUNSHINE ASSISTED LIVING INC. ET AL.
  • YEAR: 2013
  • TYPE/INJURY: BED SORES
  • AWARD: $1,670,000

This litigation was brought on behalf of a 77-year-old woman who died after she had spent merely four months at a nursing home. Prior to entering the facility, she was diagnosed and suffering from Parkinson’s disease. However, her problems only worsened upon her admittance to the nursing home. She experienced falls, bed sores, and a general decline in health while there resulting in her death. In the subsequent lawsuit, her lawyers argued that the defendant facility was to blame and sought damages related to these injuries and her pain and suffering while alive. The jury awarded the decedent’s estate $1,670,000.

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