A Shelby County jury has awarded a $30 million judgment against a Memphis nursing home where poor care led to a resident’s death. The verdict includes $28 million in punitive damages against Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC, as well as its two owners in New York and related companies. The case was filed in 2010 by the family of Martha Jane Pierce, a woman in her early 80s who was a resident of the Allenbrooke nursing home in 2008 and 2009.
The resident was living in a shared room with her husband, William Pierce, when she developed pressure sores on her right foot that went to the bone. The sores became infected with fecal bugs and required her leg to be amputated in October of 2009. She died two months later. The jury found Allenbrooke to have been negligent and also to have violated the Tennessee Adult Protection Act, including fraudulent records of her care. All of the damages were compensatory with the exception of the $28 million in punitive damages.
Source: The Commercial Appeal
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