Combs v. Hazard Nursing Home Hazard KY - Defense Verdict
Resident fell from her wheelchair and sustained a fractured neck (C1). Resident died 5 days after the fall. Plaintiffs sued the nursing facility for failing to protect her and prevent her from falling. The case was tried and the jury returned a verdict for the defense. The record shows no evidence of a plaintiff expert and the defense relied on her family doctor who testified it she suffered died due to a longstanding problem of heart disease. Plaintiffs pursued punitive damages but lost the claim on directed verdict. The jury came back 10-2 in favor of the defense and the case has been appealed.