$13.2 Million Award Spotlights Work of New York Elder Abuse Lawyers
In a trial that is certain to heighten awareness for any NY nursing home negligence lawsuit, a Hudson County, NJ jury has awarded $13.2 million to the family of an 87 year old New Jersey woman who died while in the care of an Ogden Avenue nursing home four years ago.
NJ.com reports that Mary Dwyer slipped at home and suffered a dislocated shoulder. She spent three days in a local hospital to stabilize her shoulder before being admitted to Harbor View Healthcare Center for rehab.
According to the family’s attorneys, she spent 100 days in the care of Harbor View and was put through “numerous and pointless” medical procedures including a colostomy. They said that during Dwyer’s stay at Harbor View, she lost 20 pounds. They accused the nursing home staff of turning her only about 10 times during the 282 shifts she was in their care, leading to a “massive” bedsore. Ms. Dwyer died on February 27, 2010.
The attorneys went on to say, “The terrible injuries this poor woman suffered were unnecessary and preventable. With adequate staffing and a properly run facility, she would have completed her rehab and gone back home. Instead, she died an undignified death in pain.”
Harbor View Healthcare Center appealing $13.2 million award
NJ.com has reported that the nursing home is appealing the Hudson County jury’s decision to award the Ms. Dwyer’s family $13.2 million. Harbor View Healthcare Center, which is owned by Alaris Health, released a statement calling the jury’s verdict “false, erroneous and a gross miscarriage of justice.”
“We take allegations against our staff very seriously and intend to vigorously defend and appeal this decision,” the statement reads.The state Department of Health lists the nursing home’s owner, Avery Eisenreich, as the owner of 14 other facilities in the state, all under the Alaris Health banner, including two facilities in Kearny, one each in Secaucus and Union City and a second one in Jersey City.
NY nursing home negligence lawsuit
It’s a reality that an aging family member may at some point be no longer able to live independently and will require long term nursing care. It’s also an unfortunate reality that while many of these facilities provide exemplary care allowing seniors to maintain their quality of life, others do not meet these standards. The American Association for Justice reports that as many as 90 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. are not sufficiently staffed to provide adequate care to residents.
The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that as many as one in every 20 nursing home residents has been the victim of nursing home abuse or other medical negligence. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries resulting from nursing home negligence, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering and other intangible losses.
New York attorneys helping victims of elder abuse
To discuss your legal rights and options with our New York elder abuse lawyers, contact The Sanders Firm for a complimentary case evaluation. Our veteran team of attorneys can answer all your questions and help you outline your best course of action for securing compensation. Call toll-free 1.800.FAIR.PLAY.