September 29, 2011
A West Virginia jury has awarded slightly more than $90 million to the family of an elderly nursing home resident who died due to the nursing home’s negligence.
The woman was dehydrated, unable to feed herself, and described by the family’s nursing home abuse lawyer as in a “comatose” condition–all this after only being in the nursing home for three weeks.The woman was able to talk and walk with a walker before entering the facility.
The woman, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, was taken to a hospital due to her very poor health and died almost immediately.
The $90 million was awarded for economic and punitive damages, but is subject to reduction by the trial court and could be also be appealed.
One of the most pervasive and dangerous forms of nursing home abuse is that of neglect. Malnutrition, dehydration, and bedsores, to name a few, are some of the dangerous consequences of nursing home staff failing to meet the basic physical needs of nursing home residents.