July 19th, 2010
A $29 million verdict was recently upheld in California for the 2005 nursing home abuse death of 79 year old Frances Tanner. Tanner was a retired public servant who worked for the FBI and the IRS. An investigation uncovered that Tanner had died seven months after a fall that resulted in a hip fracture that went unnoticed for many days. Her eventual death was due to an infected bedsore.
Tanner was a resident of Colonial Heath Care of Auburn, CA, one of 33 nursing homes owned by Horizon West Healthcare. The jury concluded that punitive damages were appropriate in the case of Tanner due to Horizon’s facility being grossly understaffed with inadequate care to their residents. Colonial Health Care has a history of problems with state regulations, with Tanner’s death being the fourth death of a resident cited in recent years.
“It is some justice for my mom, who was the type of lady who wanted to take care of everyone. Now, I think she can really rest,” said Elizabeth Pao, daughter of Tanner.