A Pueblo nursing home will pay a southern Colorado man more than $3 million dollars after a jury found the facility guilty of negligence.
The victim is an 82-year-old man who suffers from dementia and mild cognitive difficulties. His sister enrolled him as a patient at Belmont Lodge Health Care Center in 2011.
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect?
His sister testified that her brother “wasn’t treated with respect and dignity,” causing him to develop numerous health problems. She claimed he suffered from bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition and other signs of neglect that led her to believe the facility was not providing proper care.
She tried to inform the staff about her concerns, but no one ever made any changes. She finally filed a lawsuit in 2013, accusing the staff and the facility of nursing home neglect.
Earlier this year, a jury found Belmont liable for the man’s injuries and poor care. They ordered the elder home to pay $300,000 for the negligence plus $3 million dollars for punitive damages.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are often large sums, because they are supposed to punish negligent parties and discourage future mistakes. In this case, the jury wanted to make a statement that elder abuse and neglect would not be tolerated.
We trust caretakers to look after our loved ones when we cannot. Most facilities perform their jobs admirably, but some take advantage of the weak and sick to suit their own needs. Negligence lawsuits are one way to hold nursing homes responsible for the care they provide.
If you believe your loved one’s injuries are a result of nursing home negligence, do not wait to seek legal advice. Metier Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience defending victims of abuse and neglect. We can help you get justice and end your loved one’s pain, so share your story today.
[Did You Know: A recent study estimated that authorities only investigate 1 in 14 elder abuse cases.]
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