October 25, 2012
Sadie Holmes, a 92-year-old female, entered Greater Harlem Nursing Home in February 2004 for dementia. During the following four month, Holmes developed Stage IV pressure ulcers on her hip and sacrum, dehydration, malnutrition, and severe weight loss. She was transferred to another facility on June 2004 and died on September 8, 2004. Holmes’s estate sued Greater Harlem Nursing Home for negligence and failure to provide adequate care and sought recovery of damages for Holmes’s past pain and suffering.
The defense argued that Holmes was properly evaluated and treated, and her injuries and death were due to her age and pre-existing conditions including dementia, hypertension, and malnutrition. The parties reached a pretrial settlement, and the insurer for Greater Harlem Nursing Home agreed to pay $350,000 to Holmes’s estate.
We advise anyone who believes they have been a victim of nursing home abuse to contact a nursing home abuse attorney as you may be entitled to financial compensation.