Nursing Home Hit With $42.75 million Lawsuit ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nursing Home Hit With $42.75 million Lawsuit

Harborside Healthcare nursing, now known as Hillside Villa Care and Rehabilitation Center, has been served with a $42.75 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit filed over the gross negligence of the staff. The lawsuit was filed by Pearline Offutt, whose husband, James Offutt, died of dehydration and suffered from bedsores, malnutrition and infections. Pearline Offutt had successfully taken care of her 92 year old husband for eight months after he suffered a stroke but just nine days after being placed in the nursing home Offutt was transferred to a hospital and died. Last Tuesday, a Hopkins County Circuit Court jury found that negligence on behalf of the nursing home staff led to Offutt’s death. They awarded Pearline Offutt, his wife of 58 years, $1 million for negligence resulting in death, $1.75 million for loss of consortium, and then issued a punitive damage award of $40 million against the nursing home for the gross negligence of their actions.

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