A North Carolina federal jury found that a nursing home was at fault, causing the deaths of three residents, and that it acted with reckless disregard to their rights. Their families were awarded $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury determined that medical care given by nursing home Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of the three residents, Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones and Bettie Mae Kee, and caused their deaths. The suit alleged that the nursing home’s medical staff failed to properly monitor the patients, allowing them to remove their own breathing tubes without proper safeguards in place, among other claims. The estates had alleged:
• the patients all required ventilator or tracheotomy tubes, which the distressed patients were able to repeatedly remove on their own without medical staff intervention.
• Alarms that were supposed to monitor the machines were found either turned off or were manually turned off by staff.
• The nursing home is also accused of administering anti-anxiety medication without proper monitoring; and
• allowing the patients to suffer multiple falls and develop several infections due to substandard care.
The jury awarded the estates of Baird, Jones and Kee compensatory damages of $50,000, $300,000 and $300,000, respectively, and punitive damages to each estate in the amount of approximately $1.5 million.
The estates were represented by Rachel A. Fuerst, Carmaletta L. Henson and Thomas W. Henson Jr. of Henson & Fuerst PA. The case is VanDevender et al. v. Blue Ridge of Raleigh LLC et al. (case number 5:14-cv-00150) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
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