The Louisville Courier-Journal reported on Monday that a Jefferson County, Kentucky, Circuit Court jury awarded $8 million in damages to the estate of a nursing home resident. The case was based on allegations that the resident, a retired surgeon in his mid-eighties, was found with broken legs while living at the facility, and died two months later.
The estate of the former patient argued that he was improperly transferred from a chair to his bed by the staff, resulting in the fractures, and that the facility attempted to cover up the injuries. The facility, the estate argued, put the resident back into bed following the incident, like it never it happened.
The estate alleged that the facility ordered the staff to change the medical record, in order to provide a cover up. The resident, who could not talk because of a previous stroke, was unable to tell his family about the fractures.
The nursing home denied that they tried to cover anything up and claim that they were not aware of the cause of the fractures. They noted that the resident suffered from osteoporosis.
Following a two week trial, the jury found the defendant facility liable and awarded $2 million for pain and suffering, $1 million for violating the state nursing home statute and $5 million in punitive damages.
Unfortunately, instances of nursing home abuse and neglect occur far too often, all over the country. Oftentimes residents are injured because the corporations that own the nursing facilities do not provide appropriate levels of staffing and/or training.
If you have been injured in a nursing home or would like to discuss a loved one’s nursing home injuries, please contact our personal injury professionals for a free consultation.