PATIENT DIED AFTER BED-RAIL ENTRAPMENT

The patient, a 61-year-old suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was admitted to an adult-care home in June 2007. In September 2007, hospice began to assist with the patient’s care. The patient had a history of falls, including multiple falls from bed. Hospice ordered a hospital bed with half-length side rails from a medical supply company, which...
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NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE CLAIM SETTLES FOR $525,000

The patient was a 90-year-old long-time resident of the defendant-nursing home with a history of stroke, constipation and urinary tract infections and other conditions, including right-sided paralysis. She was dependent on the nursing home staff for transfers and toileting and needed assistance with eating and drinking. On Dec. 15, 2005, the patient was noted to...
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DECEASED RESIDENT’S ESTATE SETTLES WITH CARE HOME, COUNTY

Type of action: Wrongful death Family care home Injuries alleged: Pressure sores, sepsis Case name: Gibbs v. Primrose Villa Inc., et al. Case number: 07 CVS 79 Court: Harnett County Superior Court Verdict or settlement: Settlement (mediation) Settlement date: December 2007 Amount: $638,000 Special damages: Medical expenses and funeral expenses Plaintiff’s experts: Wells Edmundson, M.D.,...
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ESTATE SETTLES WITH HOSPITAL OVER DEATH OF 72-YEAR-OLD PATIENT IN FALL FROM BED

Type of action: Wrongful death Hospital fall Injuries alleged: Subdural hematoma Case name: Confidential Case number: Confidential Court: Confidential Verdict or settlement: Settlement (mediation) Settlement date: October 2007 Amount: $500,000 Plaintiff’s experts: Frances Eason, Ph.D., nursing; Carol White, RN. Plaintiff’s attorney: Steve Gugenheim of Gugenheim Law, Raleigh Submitted by: Steve Gugenheim The patient, a 72-year-old...
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NURSING HOME SETTLES NEGLIGENT SECURITY CLAIM FOR $425,000. NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE – RESIDENT WITH ALZHEIMER’S – VAGINAL BRUISING, TEARS DISCOVERED – DIED OF UNRELATED CAUSES – NEGLIGENT SAFETY, SECURITY ALLEGED – $425,000 SETTLEMENT

Type of action: Nursing home negligence Injuries alleged: Bruising and lacerations Name of case: Confidential Court/county: Confidential Case no.: Confidential Tried before: n/a Name of judge: n/a Special damages: Less than $5,000 Verdict/settlement: Settlement Amount: $425,000 Date obtained: October 2005 Demand: n/a Offer: n/a Experts: Linda Ledray, Ph.D., sexual assault, Minneapolis, MN; Laura Slaughter, M.D.,...
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