Fort Worth Jury Awards $2.2 Million in Retirement Home Negligence Case

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —  A Fort Worth jury has awarded a $2.2 million verdict to a 99-year-old Tarrant County
woman who was left lying on the floor for a full day after falling in
her bedroom at the Parkwood Retirement Community in Bedford. 

Personal injury attorneys Mark Sudderth and Brian Butcher from Noteboom: The Law Firm represented Edna Anderson in her claims against Parkwood owner Telesis Management Corp. 

Ms. Anderson was injured in 2008 after falling to the floor in her
room at Parkwood. She attempted to contact Parkwood staff for help by
activating an emergency call device in her room, but no one answered her
cries. The staff also forgot to check on her the following day when she
did not show up for lunch. Ms. Anderson remained alone on the floor for
almost 24 hours before being discovered by family members. She was
rushed to a hospital, and later endured three months of related
rehabilitation. 

"Testimony showed that a built-in emergency call system had not
worked for over seven years and that the facility owners had neglected
to remove it. The apartments had provided a portable emergency call
system which Ms. Anderson attempted to activate three times after she
fell with no response," says Mr. Sudderth. "At trial, the apartments
denied the device didn’t work, but the jury heard testimony from a
maintenance supervisor that the facility knew the system was broken, and
that employees had been told to keep quiet about it after the incident
involving Ms. Anderson. Even worse, the facility director testified that
she threw the device away immediately following the incident before it
could be tested, and shredded the only document that would have shown
whether the facility had actually inspected the equipment before Ms.
Anderson was injured." 

The weeklong trial concluded on June 22, 2012, with jurors awarding medical costs to Ms. Anderson and more than $500,000 for past and future pain, mental anguish and physical impairment. The jury awarded an additional $1.6 million in punitive damages after finding that Telesis/Parkwood was grossly negligent.

 

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