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 nursing home neglect, contact the experienced San Francisco elder abuse lawyers to fight for the rights of your loved one.