Jury awards $50 million in wrongful death lawsuit. (Market Watch).A wrongful death The taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.
If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of a person or persons, the decedent's heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action suit against Heartland of Clarksburg, W. Va., and its parent company, Toledo, Ohio-based Manor Care, Inc., has resulted in one of the largest civil monetary damage awards in the state's history.
In November, a Harrison County, W. Va. jury awarded the family of Toni Meredith $50 million in compensatory damages A sum of money awarded in a civil action by a court to indemnify a person for the particular loss, detriment, or injury suffered as a result of the unlawful conduct of another. after she died at Heartland in 1998 from an infected gall bladder gall bladder, small pear-shaped sac that stores and concentrates bile. It is connected to the liver (which produces the bile) by the hepatic duct. When food containing fat reaches the small intestine, the hormone cholecystokinin is produced by cells in the intestinal .
A secret agreement struck during the trial, however, capped the award at $5 million. The agreement also prohibits appeals. Judge Thomas Bedell Bedell could refer to
The 57-year-old Meredith had been admitted to the facility while recovering from Guillain-Barre syndrome. The suit alleged that Heartland was understaffed, resulting in the resident's infected gall bladder going undiagnosed until it was too late to save her, according to plaintiff attorney Jim Bordas.
Steve Houghton, an attorney representing Heartland and Manor Care Inc., said his client is "disappointed with the verdict insofar in·so·far
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Heartland of Clarksburg released a statement through Manor Care's director of marketing communications sympathizing with the Meredith family. "We are disappointed with the outcome of this case," Heartland's statement said, "but we accept the jury's verdict and do not intend to appeal. Although the incident occurred over four years ago, we feel that the center and staff acted appropriately in providing the proper care for this resident."