A jury has awarded the family of a 76-year-old nursing home resident $114 million for egregious nursing home abuse and neglect. The family’s lawsuit against the nursing home alleged that the staff knew Juanita Jackson was at a high risk for falls but failed to take preventative measures. She fell within two weeks of admission and suffered a closed head trauma and fractured her upper arm, injuries from which she never fully recovered. The family also alleged that Integrated Health Services, the nursing home where Ms. Jackson lived, failed to provide the elder woman adequate care, including allowing her to become malnourished and dehydrated.
The verdict may not be all that it’s cracked up to be. According to news accounts, the nursing home quit defending itself in the lawsuit several weeks ago after many years of litigation, and the family was able to get a default judgment. The judge then asked the jury to determine the proper amount of damages. After some deliberation, the jury awarded $14 million in compensatory damages, and $100 million in punitive damages. The nursing home, of course, was not there to defend itself.
The family intends to do everything it can to collect on the judgment, and told the TheLedger.com that it was proud of itself for standing up for their mother.
The Riverside County nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at the Walton Law Firm represent seniors and disabled and dependent adults who have been abused or neglected in the skilled nursing facility, residential care facility for the elderly, and assisted living setting. Call (866) 607-1325 for a free and confidential consultation.