The family of a victim of extreme nursing home neglect and wrongful death was awarded $54 million in a recent verdict against ManorCare Inc., one of the largest nursing home corporations in the country. The daughter of the 78-year-old victim alleged that when she arrived at the nursing home within three hours of being informed of her mother’s death, staff members had already crammed the victim’s belonging into boxes and that money was missing. Lawyers discovered that a nursing aide found the woman lying in soiled, bloody sheets which staff members quickly removed, leading to the allegation that ManorCare had destroyed evidence. Although charting errors are frequently discovered in nursing homes, the victim’s charting was so inadequate that it showed that she had been given insulin over two hours after her death.
ManorCare has been cited for many instances of neglect, such as patients repeatedly being discovered in fecal- and urine-soiled bedding, improper restraints and improperly trained staff. For instance, Levin & Perconti has handled numerous cases against ManorCare in Illinois in which the nursing homes were found to have very serious examples of abuse and neglect.