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Big Verdicts Against Nursing Homes

Nursing home owners take note: no longer can providing poor care to elderly nursing home residents be part of ‘doing business.’  Take a look at some recent jury verdicts involving nursing home abuse and neglect.  Imagine the owner of a nursing home writing these types of checks….iStock_000005644609XSmall-1

  • $324,000,000 Texas, Over $300 million in punitive damages for the death of elderly patient due to malnourishment and infected decubitus ulcers.
  • $90,000,000 Texas, For the death of 90-year-old nursing home resident.
  • $79,000,000 Arkansas jury award
  • $54,000,000 New Mexico, Nursing home resident died from internal bleeding without any assistance from the nursing home staff.  The staff reportedly attempted to cover up the incident by removing the blood sheets.
  • $33,900,000 Tennessee, Nursing home resident developed pressure sore and urosepsis.  Additionally, resident fell at the nursing home and broke his hip.  The resident walked on the broken hip for 7 days before any x-rays were taken.
  • $20,000,000 Kentucky, Jury awarded $1.2 million in compensatory damages and $18.8 in punitive damages to the family of an 84-year-old lady who cries in pain went unresponded to by nursing home staff for hours prior to her death.  An autopsy demonstrated the woman had a bowel obstruction.
  • $19,000,000 Texas, Nursing home failed to protect family member from self-inflected abuse and from the abuse of other residents.
  • $13,000,000 Delaware, Elderly lady walked into nursing home’s freezer and found 4 hours later by nursing home staff.  Lady sustained frostbite to her hands, face, fingers, and toes.  She died 24 days later from pulmonary embolism.
  • $6,000,000 Texas, Woman died when she became entangled in the restraining belt of a wheelchair.  The woman’s family alleged that the facility failed to properly position her in the wheelchair and failed to monitor her.
  • $4,000,000 Kentucky, Doctor and nursing home failed to monitor a patient’s lithium dosing causing toxicity and ultimately death.
  • $2,900,000 Illinois, Facility failed to clean and suction nursing home resident’s trach tube for 5 days, causing it to become obstructed.  The decedent suffered from respiratory arrest and went into a coma for 2 days before expiring. Nursing home admitted liability and case was tried on damages only.
  • $2,000,000 California, Facility failed to provide end of life pain relief.

If you believe you are the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced nursing home lawyer soon after the incident.  Important information may be lost if they is a delay in investigating the incident.  Most nursing home lawyers do not charge for any consultation.

For more information on nursing homes in Texas look here. For laws related to Texas nursing homes, look here.

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