According to the Christian Post (7/24/13), Gary Townsend’s mom, Arlene, fell 17 times during her time at Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center between 2004 and 2007. Those falls were allegedly the result of improper supervision at the home, and it was injuries caused by those falls that ultimately led to her death.
A jury awarded Townsend $100 million in damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. Named defendants in the lawsuit were Trans Healthcare Inc and Trans Healthcare Management.
Meanwhile, a woman has been awarded $150,000 in her lawsuit against a care home, after alleging negligence at the home nearly killed her son. World-Herald Bureau (7/25/13) reports that the plaintiff, Sandra Ham, was awarded $150,000 plus legal fees, after a judge found that in 2008 staff at Beatrice State Developmental Center not only failed to prevent Ham’s son from pulling out his feeding tube, which was later reinserted improperly, but also failed to ensure the tube had been correctly inserted. Because the tube was not inserted properly, food wound up in the patient’s abdominal cavity, causing pain and an infection.
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For both plaintiffs in their respective lawsuits, a lack of proper care severely affected their loved ones. In the case of Townsend, his mother died after falling 17 times, the last fall reportedly causing a hip fracture. In the case of Ham, her son survived, but suffered serious injuries. In both cases, lawsuits suggest that the incidents that caused harm to the patients were preventable, had the nursing homes lived up to a reasonable standard of care.