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Punitive Damages Awarded In Nursing Home Pressure Sore Lawsuit

A Philadelphia jury issued a $5 million punitive damage claim against Jeanes Hospital and a Wyncote nursing home in the death of a man who suffered from fatal bedsores. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, this is only the second time a jury awarded punitive damages in a nursing home case in Philadelphia. Compensatory damages in nursing home cases are expected; punitive damages are awarded only when a jury finds that a facility had engaged in “outrageous and reckless conduct.” In this case, the plaintiff went to the nursing home after suffering weakness and confusion. The doctors failed to identify that he was suffering from a urinary tract infection. As a result, the infection worsened and left him susceptible to bedsores that ultimately killed him. Furthermore, workers at the nursing home and hospital allowed the pressure sores to fester and the patient to go malnourished to the point that he lost 28 pounds. This verdict will help the Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti spread the message that this type of negligent nursing home care is deplorable and will not be tolerated.

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