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January 14, 2012

A $200 verdict has been awarded to the estate of an elderly nursing home resident who died after from falling down a stairwell while strapped into her wheelchair.

Nursing home staff said the alarm on the stairwell door was often disabled and the door unlocked so they could smoke outside.

The elderly dementia patient was a resident at Pinellas Park Care and Rehab Center in Florida. The nursing home has a history being of being understaffed and other abuse and neglect issues.

The nursing home choose to not defend itself in the case. The nursing home abuse law firm of Wilkes & McHugh said the nursing home owners chose not to defend themselves due to shady business practices.

We encourage all family members of nursing home residents to watch for signs of nursing home abuse or neglect and report any suspicions to authorities right away. From there we also advise you to get in touch with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your potential case.

source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/record-breaking-nursing-home-verdict-came-without-a-defense/1210577

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