Kentucky has the dubious distinction of paying the highest amount of per-bed compensation following nursing home neglect lawsuits. It outranks big states, such as Texas and California, which have five-time more care facilities than Kentucky. This corroborates the consistently lower placement of deficiency ridden state nursing homes by ProPublica and similar monitoring groups.
In one of the biggest nursing home negligence compensation award, a Kentucky court granted $18 million in damages to a family in July 2015. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 claiming wrongful death of the victim due to neglect by caregivers. The trial in the case went on for eight days and the nursing home was declared guilty of negligence.
Eliza Jennings, a retired Madison County postmaster, was admitted to Berea-based Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2004. Her family sought the facility and its services in the hope of providing her the best possible care. However, she died in 2009 in a state “that no human being should be left in.” She developed bedsores, acute infection, and dehydration due to negligence of caregivers. This had a negative impact on her physical condition and the 94-year-old lost her life.
The family and relatives found the sudden deterioration in her conditions baffling and filed a Kentucky nursing home neglect lawsuit that blamed the nursing home for her tragic death. Jennings was working until her late eighties and she was not physically impaired when move to the Berea nursing home. However, she lost her mobility within years and becomes bed ridden. Unhygienic conditions, lack of clean clothes, absence of sufficient fluid and nutritious food, and inadequate medical care results in severe bedsores and E. Coli infection.
“There was evidence presented in the case that the facility had a policy to leave the residents in their adult briefs for extended periods of time before they changed them, in order to save cost on those briefs. When she passed away, she was in the condition that no human being should be left in. No one deserves to suffer the way that she did,” claimed the Kentucky lawyer representing the family in the nursing home lawsuit.
The family discovered that Jennings was unable to move her arms or legs. She was kept bed ridden for months and lack of motion resulted in such condition. Caregivers did not change her briefs for long periods to cut down the care facility expenditures. Lack of care and hygiene and expansion of bedsores exposed her nerve ending and infection spread internally.
The court found the KY nursing home guilty of negligence, severe deficient in services, and failure to provide adequate care and treatment to the deceased woman. The compensation awarded covered financial as well as punitive damages.
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