BEVERLY JAMES AS THE ADMINISTRATRIX FOR THE ESTATE OF MINNIE L. JEWELL VS. NATIONAL HERITAGE REALTY D/B/A COLLIERVILLE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER

Minnie Jewell was admitted to Collierville Health & Rehabilitation Center on April 12, 2001 with the following diagnosis: Severe back pain, degenerative joint disease, hypertension, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, paranoia, metastatic disease, gastro esophageal reflux disease and recent compression fracture. She remained a resident until January 11, 2006, when she was transferred to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tennessee and noted to be suffering from end stage Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Jewell remained a patient at Baptist Memorial Hospital of Collierville until her death on January 25, 2006. While a patient at Baptist Memorial Hospital of Collierville, Ms. Jewell developed skin breakdowns which deteriorated until her death on January 25th. Ms. Jewell’s death certificate attributes her cause of death to aspiration pneumonia as a consequence of hypertonic dehydration and renal failure.

Trial begin in Memphis, Tn on December 7, 2009 and lasted until December 17th. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and awarded $100,000 in compensatory damages and $800,000 to the adult children of Ms. Jewell for their claim of loss of consortium ($200,000 per adult child). We have since filed a Motion for Judgment in Accordance with Motion for Directed Verdict, Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict, Motion for a New Trial or, Alternatively, Motion for Remittitur (see attached).

The plaintiff was represented by Parke Morris, formerly of the Cochran firm in Memphis. Carl Hagwood and Michael Phillips represented the defendant. The case was tried before the Honorable Kaye S. Robilio.

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