In a verdict praised by nursing home abuse activists and condemned by the nursing home industry, the family of an elderly nursing home resident has been awarded $42.75 million for the neglect and subsequent death of their loved one.
According to the court documents, 92-year-old Clint Offutt was neglected while in the care of a Madisonville, Kentucky nursing home. Offutt stayed at the Harborside of Madisonville (now called Hillside Villa Care and Rehabilitation Center) for only nine days before he died. Offutts family alleged that staff neglected him, causing him to suffer severe dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, infections and, finally, death. Adult Protective Services substantiated the allegations.
The family was represented by Lexington nursing home abuse attorney Lisa Circeo, who helped win the substantial award. Offutt became lethally dehydrated despite having a feeding tube. The facility simply failed to ensure he got enough water to live, said Circeo.
According to the family, Offutt was veteran of World War II who remained active until right before he entered the home. He was still planting crops at age 88.
The nursing home facility plans to appeal the decision. We feel the size of the verdict is outrageous and totally inappropriate based on the facts presented in the case, said Carol Britt, administrator of the facility.
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