Damages Awarded in Nursing Home Abuse Suit ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Damages Awarded in Nursing Home Abuse Suit

The family of an 80-year-old woman who died from neglect in a nursing home have been awarded $285,000 ($441,665 including interest) by a jury in Middlesex County. The woman suffered severe burns from uncovered and excessively hot radiators, and died subsequent to the injuries. While the jury did not believe that the resident's death was due to her burns, they awarded the damages as compensation for the pain and physical and mental decline caused by the injuries. Inadequate staffing and poor training are known to be leading causes in nursing home injuries. Advocacy groups are calling for mandatory training for staff to prevent further instances of negligence and abuse in nursing homes.

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