The vast majority of the $54,000,000 award against ManorCare in a wrongful death case was for punitive damages. Lawyers for the family stated that they hoped that the nursing home neglect lawsuit would ensure that the types of neglect that the New Mexico nursing home resident suffered would not happen again. Lawyers for the woman’s family indicate that staffers knew about her intestinal bleeding for several days. And yet, they did nothing about it. Then, when a staffer found the woman dead in her blood soaked bedsheets, the nursing home cleared and cleaned up the area, even though the doctor who performed the autopsy testified that these materials should have been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator along with the body. The epitome of ManorCare’s negligent care for its residents is the fact that charting procedures were so inadequate that the woman was given an insulin injection two and a half hours after her death.The attempted cover-up and the resident neglect were nothing new for New Mexico ManorCare facilities. At trial, lawyers presented evidence that ManorCare had previously been reported as having improperly trained staff, using improper restraints, and neglecting its residents.
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