CASE RESULTS - WRONGFUL DEATH CASES

Hospital negligence for multiple injuries and wrongful death

Our client's husband was admitted to the hospital for a fractured left hip, but while in the hospital fell out of bed due to the hospitals negligence and fractured his other hip. Obviously our client became immobilized but was not regularly repositioned by the nursing staff to avoid pressure ulcers on his boney prominences. He developed decubitus ulcers on both of his elbows, heels, and right leg. The ulcers worsened to the point where he developed a fever and a fatal blood disorder, sepsis. The hospital was sued for its negligence and wrongful death. The decedent's wife settled for six figures despite her husband's advanced years.

Significant six-figure settlement for improper treatment of decubitus ulcers and wrongful death

Our clients were the family of a 64-year-old man who was admitted to a nursing home after being diagnosed with prostate cancer and other health problems. Upon admission, the nursing home was well aware that he was at high risk for skin breakdown. Nonetheless, our client developed several large pressure ulcers which were not properly treated by the nursing staff due to inadequate staffing and training. The nursing home failed to implement interventions to prevent my client's skin breakdown. Specifically, the nursing home failed to reposition our client on a regular basis, failed to provide pressure-relieving devices, and failed to provide the appropriate nutritional supplements and medical treatment to stop the progression of the pressure ulcers. Our client was transferred to another nursing home after multiple hospital admissions. He passed away as a result of sepsis from the decubitus ulcer. A significant six-figure settlement was obtained on behalf of family members.

Six-figure settlement for nursing home abuse and wrongful death

We represented family members in a claim for physical abuse regarding their 77-year-old mother who resided in a nursing home. During a morning shift, a hospice aide notified the nursing staff that our client was found with dried blood on her face, bruises on her chin, right side of her neck and right eye. The aide also noted our client's behavior to be aggressive/agitated which was abnormal. Investigations revealed that a nurse aide working the night shift punched and attempted to strangle of our client. Our client's mental health was affected by the attack and her health deteriorated. She passed away two weeks later. We were able to obtain a six-figure settlement for the family as beneficiaries of their mother's estate.

Judgment against personal care home for wrongful death

Our client's father was a resident at an Altoona personal care home for years. The resident fell out of bed one night and struck his body on a piece of furniture. When emergency personnel arrived, they realized that the resident had been physically abused. There were open sores on his body and he was suffering from malnutrition. Further, he had been lying in his feces and urine for days.

The resident was taken to the local trauma unit where nurses claimed that they had never seen a human being so filthy. Unfortunately our client's father died only a few days later from this abuse and sepsis, a blood disorder. The owner of the personal care home and one or more employees were reported to the police. The Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office brought charges and the owner and an employee were convicted. Despite no applicable insurance, we brought a civil action against the owner of the home. At a hearing we obtained a judgment on behalf of the estate of our client's father. After the owner was released from prison, she paid the significant judgment from personal funds.

Wrongful death due to alcohol

Our client was a passenger in a one vehicle accident. The car was traveling at a very high rate of speed and the driver (defendant) had been drinking alcohol and under the influence of marijuana. The speed limit was 30 mph but a police department reconstructionist estimated that she was going at least 60 mph. The defendant bounced off several cars, signs, two houses and a carport. Through this series of events the roof of the vehicle was rolled back. The defendant was killed when a telephone pole crashed upon her and our client (passenger) was killed when he was thrown from the car.

The defendant's insurance policy limit was not significant. Nevertheless, we made a recovery for the beneficiary of the estate who was the very young son of our client who was killed. This sum of money has been placed in a sequestered account which cannot be used by anyone until the minor reaches age 18.

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