Brain-injured patient gets $3.1 million from nursing home

An Orange County jury awarded $3.1 million today to a woman who suffered a brain-damaging morphine overdose at St. Edna skilled nursing home in Santa Ana.

The unanimous jury also awarded punitive damages — which will be set on Tuesday — for victim Barbara Lefforge, who was barely at the hospital 5 1/2 hours when the overdose occurred.

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Barbara Lefforge was awarded $3.1 million for brain-damaging morphine overdose.

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"I feel this is a just result and fair based upon the conduct that St. Edna’s staff engaged in," said attorney Ted Wacker, representing Lefforge, 57, of Long Beach.

 St. Edna Subacute & Rehabilitation Center is one of 25 homes in California owned by Covenant Care.

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