Recently, a West Virginia jury awarded $91.5 million
medical malpractice verdict to the family of a woman who was the victim of severe
nursing home neglect. According to West Virginia news, Dorothy Douglas was admitted to Heartland
of Charleston, a Manor Care, Inc. facility. Upon arrival, Douglas was
in a walker and able to communicate. 20 days later she was comatose, had
to be rolled out on a bed, and was unable to walk or feed herself.
Elder abuse is a serious problem. Despite new legislation and increased
efforts to address the problems it still occurs in San Francisco and across
the country. The abusers may be family member or other caregivers –
such as nursing home staff. If you believe a loved one is suffering elder
abuse, it is important to contact an experienced San Francisco elder abuse attorney.
Here, the son tried to get his mother out of the nursing home but his attempts
were frustrated by red tape. Douglas subsequently died. A jury determined
that the nursing home was negligent and awarded $11 million for Douglas'
wrongful death and $80 million in punitive damages based on their intentional misconduct.
Now, some in West Virginia are questioning whether the verdict is subject
to caps. In California, generally where nursing home abuse is malicious,
limits under MICRA do not apply. As California nursing home neglect attorneys,
we are hopeful that the court decides in favor of the family. In order
to stop elder abuse, we need to hold abusers – and the corporate
headquarters that allows this behavior to continue – accountable.
For more information or if you believe your loved has been the victim of
neglect, contact the experienced San Francisco elder abuse lawyers to fight for
the rights of your loved one.