A South Carolina nursing home negligence jury recently returned its verdict in favor of the family of an elderly resident who died as a result of gross negligence at a South Carolina nursing home. The verdict included $250,000 to compensate the resident’s estate for the man’s conscious pain and suffering, and an additional $200,000 awarded to the family for their mental shock and suffering, loss of companionship, and wounded feelings.
The South Carolina nursing home resident was 81-years-old, and suffering from dementia and blindness, when he was admitted to the defendant South Carolina nursing home in 2003. On July 1, 2015, he was transported from the South Carolina nursing home to a local hospital where he was found to have multiple areas of skin breakdown and was suffering from infections, malnutrition, and dehydration. He died two weeks later after being transferred to hospice care.
According to the family’s South Carolina nursing home wrongful death lawsuit, the resident received chronically deficient and negligent nursing home care that resulted in painful injuries. He allegedly fell at the South Carolina nursing home on 26 occasions, which required after one fall that he have hip replacement surgery at the hospital that operated the nursing home. The defendant nursing home’s records documented 19 occasions when the resident was found on the floor without anyone having observed the falls. According to the family’s South Carolina nursing home lawyer, the man was found outside of the facility on one occasion, suffering from multiple ant bites.
The man’s family further alleged in their South Carolina nursing home wrongful death lawsuit that the resident developed painful bed sores due to improper nursing home care and that he also suffered malnutrition because his nutritional needs were not being met. On one occasion, the resident developed pneumonia that was not timely treated, according to his family.
The family told the South Carolina jury that when they visited the man in the defendant nursing home, they often found him unclean, soaked in urine, and lacking in oral care.
The nursing home operator reportedly issued a statement following the jury’s verdict in which it stated that it “strives every day to meet the health care needs of our community, and as such, we do not agree with the allegations made in this case … Lexington Medical Center Extended Care has been part of the Midlands community for decades. We consider it a privilege to take care of our residents and always work to provide the best care possible.”
If you or a loved one suffered harm while a resident of a nursing home in South Carolina or in another U.S. state due to nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, nursing home understaffing, or antipsychotic medication, you should promptly find a nursing home claim lawyer in your state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf or behalf of your loved one, if appropriate.
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