On May 13, 2016, after a two-week trial, a Colorado nursing home wrongful death jury returned its verdict against a Colorado nursing home and its corporate owner in excess of $5.5 million, which included $5 million in punitive damages, $57,066.43 in economic damages, and $500,000 in wrongful death damages. The 77-year-old former resident of the defendant nursing home had died within seven months after her admission to the nursing home.
Testimony during the trial of the Colorado wrongful death nursing home claim included emotional testimony from the former resident’s ten children, who described their observations and complaints regarding the nursing home care their mother received (and failed to receive) from the nursing home staff. Testimony on behalf of the plaintiffs included descriptions of the times when the children had to shower their mother in the nursing home because the nursing home staff had refused to do so.
The woman’s children were regular visitors to the nursing home in order to spend time with their mother, to check on her status, to provide services where needed, and to bring their concerns to the attention of the defendant nursing home staff regarding the lack of proper care that their mother was receiving. Trial testimony described how the woman was allegedly subjected to repeated incidences of nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect that led to her developing avoidable bed sores, and the unnecessary multiple infections the woman developed after she was admitted to the defendant nursing home in April 2013.
The family provided trial testimony regarding their observations of unexplained severe bruising that their mother suffered while in the nursing home. Trial testimony also described the malnutrition and dehydration that the woman suffered while in the nursing home, before she died on November 23, 2013.
Shortly after the Colorado jury rendered its nursing home wrongful death verdict, the executive director of the defendant nursing home issued a statement in which he stated, “At [the defendant nursing home], residents are our highest priority. On Friday, May 13, 2016, a ruling was issued at the trial of a lawsuit involving [the defendant nursing home]. Our legal team will appeal this ruling, and due to the ongoing judicial process and HIPAA, we cannot provide further information regarding this lawsuit or other cases. As they proceed, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing quality resident care.”
It has been reported that the profile of the defendant nursing home on a Medicare website lists two federal fines against the defendant nursing home, which total in excess of $28,000, and that a review of Colorado health and safety inspections of the defendant nursing home found a report regarding a resident who died as a result of falling out of bed, two reports regarding residents who suffered brain injuries while in the defendant nursing home, and 24 reports of physical abuse that allegedly occurred at the defendant nursing home.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in Colorado or elsewhere in the United States due to nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, or nursing home abuse, you should promptly contact a local nursing home claim lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf, if appropriate.
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