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Medical malpractice case: Nursing home put profits before patient

Families in Washington, D.C., often have no choice but to entrust the care of their aging, infirm loved ones to medical professionals or trained staff at nursing home facilities. Sadly, that trust is sometimes misplaced, such as in a recent medical malpractice case in another state. The lawsuit involved a 70-year-old patient, now deceased, who suffered from broken bones, pneumonia and more, all while under the supposed "professional care" of a medical facility.

In 2014, the now-deceased patient was a nursing home resident at Whitestone Care Center for several weeks during the month of April. He entered the facility for rehabilitation and treatment after an amputation surgery of one of his legs. The facility promoted itself as offering a variety of highly-skilled medical services capable of providing the care needed by severely ill, frail and elderly individuals such as the patient.

Unfortunately, these claims proved false, per the plaintiff and administrator of the deceased patient's estate, in part due to understaffing. While under the center's care, the victim fell a number of times, suffered fractures to his hip, scapula and right humeral head, and developed pneumonia. Eventually, he was transferred to a new location to receive proper care.

According to court papers, the victim's health deteriorated quickly as a direct result of the negligence of the facility and its staff, upon whom he was dependent for his needs. In addition to his pain, suffering and injuries, their negligence resulted in additional hospitalizations that would otherwise have been unnecessary. The jury agreed with the accusations of negligence, finding against the nursing home and its owners, operators and administrators, and awarding the deceased victim's estate $1 million. If situations of a similar nature have occurred in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area, victims or their loved ones may wish to seek legal counsel to explore their options for just compensation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Source: poconorecord.com, "Jury awards $1M in medical malpractice", Howard Frank, Nov. 21, 2017

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