July 23, 2013
A Polk County, Florida jury awarded the family of a victim of nursing home abuse one of the largest award amounts in history this week after determining a local facility was guilty of nursing home abuse and neglect.
According to court documents, the lawsuit was filed in 2009 by the family of the deceased victim, 69-year-old Arlene Townsend. Townsend was a resident of the Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, in Auburndale, from 2004 until she died in 2007. During this time, the elderly resident fell numerous times when staff members failed to provide the proper supervision.
Both Townsend Healthcare Management and Townsend Healthcare Inc. were defendants, as these companies were responsible for the nursing home during the time Townsend resided at Auburndale. The jury found enough evidence against the nursing home to awards the plaintiffs $1 billion in punitive damages and an additional $220 million in damages.
This isn’t the first time Townsend Healthcare Management and Townsend Healthcare Inc. have been sued. In 2010, the companies lost another nursing home abuse case in which the plaintiffs were awarded $114 million.
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