This past summer, a jury awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the family of a Florida woman who received poor nursing home care prior to her death in 2007. The amount is believed to be one of the highest ever leveled against a nursing home. The deceased woman was a resident at Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center in Auburndale, FL, from 2004 through 2007, After she died, her son filed suit, alleging that she often fell at the Auburndale facility and received poor supervision, according to local reports. The named defendant, Trans Healthcare Inc. , argued that they operated the nursing facility only until Sept. 30, 2004, and therefore stopped participating in the lawsuit, resulting in a default judgment against them in 2011. Thus, the jury was tasked with determining the damages only. It awarded $110 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages.
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Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in a variety of injuries and potentially fatal medical conditions. Medical providers have a responsibility to provide basic levels of care as defined by the law and individual facilities’ policies and procedures. Do not hesitate to contact us if you suspect a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse.