Florida Nursing Home Hit With $1.2 Billion Verdict
According to Senior Housing News, Polk County jurors awarded $1.2 billion to a plaintiff, agreeing that Trans Health Care Inc. and Trans Health Care Management were guilty of corporate corruption and misconduct which led to the death of 69-year-old Arlene Townsend.
Details on the Nursing Home Neglect Case
- The case was opened by Townsends’ son after her death in 2007.
- Evidence showed that the nursing home was under-staffed and under-supplied.
- The defendants attempted to file paperwork which allegedly showed they stopped operating the nursing home in September 30, 2004 and withdrew from the case.
- A default judgment was entered after Trans Health Care Inc. and Trans Health Care Management ended participation in the case. The jury was responsible for determining the amount of damages the corporations were responsible for.
- The case also showed that investors had planned to run the nursing home chain into insolvency with no regard for resident care. Those involved allegedly conspired to, after a series of mergers and acquisitions, take the company public before cashing out.
- None sitting on the companies’ Board of Directors were health care officials.
- The same companies were successfully sued in Polk County for $114 million for nursing home abuse in 2010.
Injuries Sustained by Townsend
- Townsend suffered 18 falls over her 6 years at the Florida nursing home.
- One of the falls resulted in a hip fracture that went undiagnosed and untreated by the nursing home’s staff.
- Townsend suffered severe infections including clostridium difficile and celluitis.
- She also suffered from chronic stomach pains with fecal impaction.
- It was concluded later that Arlene Townsend was malnurished and dehydrated.
Nursing Homes Being Held Accountable
“The verdict sends a clear ‘deterrence’ message to a multi-million nursing home corporation that its misconduct will not be tolerated” – Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. as published by The West Virginian Record
- According to the American Association for Justice, 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed.
- A large verdict came when a nursing home in West Virginia was sued for $91.5 Million in August of 2011.
- More recently, in March of this year, a Sacramento court awarded $23 million against a nursing home in a lawsuit over patient abuse and wrongful death.
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