Civil Jury Finds Nursing Home Negligent for Resident’s Bedsores

In recent news that our nursing home abuse attorneys in Baltimore, Maryland have been following, a civil jury has found a nursing home in San Antonio, Texas, negligent, for the death of a resident who developed huge bedsores that became severely infected under the home’s care.

According to My San Antonio news, Mary Koenig filed the lawsuit on behalf of her father, Emilio Gonzalez, who was a resident of Retama Manor Nursing Center from 2001 until 2007, when he died at the age of 76. Gonzalez was reportedly taken to the hospital in August of 2007, after two bedsores became infected, rotting down to the bone. His stay was then extended at a hospital that specialized in wound treatment before his death.

In the trial, Koening’s attorneys alleged that the nursing home was understaffed intentionally to make profits, which would often leave nurses with over 60 nursing home residents to oversee and care for at a time.

Retama Manor Nursing Center was ordered by jurors to pay the estate of Emilio Gonzalez $250,000 for his suffering and physical pan, $150,000 for mental anguish and pain and over $190,000 in medical bills. The nursing home neglect verdict is expected to be reduced, however, due to Texas tort reform caps put into place in 2003.

If a Maryland nursing home fails to protect residents from developing bedsores that can result in injury or death, the nursing home could be held liable for nursing home negligence or wrongful death. Our Maryland-based attorneys at Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC represent victims and their families in Maryland and the Washington D.C. area who wish to recover personal injury compensation from nursing home negligence and harm. Contact Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC today.

Jury Finds Nursing Home Negligent, My San Antonio News, October 20, 2010

Related Web Resources:

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Maryland Department of Aging

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