What are some notable nursing home neglect cases?


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Some notable nursing home neglect cases include S.A. v. HCR Manor Care Homewood, S.W. v. Renaissance at Hillside, Inc. and H.M. v. Winchester House, all of which settled for $1 million or more. The liability of nursing homes usually arises from negligent hiring practices, negligent premise maintenance and negligent supervision and care.

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In S.A. v. HCR Manor Care Homewood, a jury ruled against a suburban Homewood nursing home and awarded the plaintiff $2.9 million in damages. The family of a 57-year-old resident had sued the nursing home after the resident suffocated due to the negligent care of her tracheotomy tube. In S.W. v. Renaissance at Hillside, Inc., the court awarded the plaintiff, a 59-year-old resident, $2.8 million. The resident had sued the nursing home and a physician after developing multiple bedsores that took four years to heal.

In H.M. v. Winchester House, a county court ordered a nursing home to make a settlement of $1 million for the death of a 83-year-old nursing resident. The nursing home neglected to make safety changes that would have prevented the patient from falling to her death. Nursing homes are usually held liable if the injured person can prove that the nursing home breached a duty of care, that the injury arose from this breach, and that the conduct of the nursing home's employees or owners caused the injury.

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