Jury awards $14 million in Massachusetts nursing home verdict

Jury awards $14 million in Massachusetts nursing home verdict

The award is the largest nursing home-related verdict in the state in at least a decade.

WOBURN, Mass. — A Middlesex County jury has awarded $14 million
to the family of a 90-year-old nursing home resident who died in 2008
after being taken to the hospital suffering from a variety of untreated
ailments.

Genevieve Calandro was taken to the hospital after falling out of her
wheelchair at the Radius HealthCare Center in Danvers. Doctors found a
festering pressure sore on her back, acute appendicitis, a urinary tract
infection so severe it had invaded her bloodstream, kidney failure,
uncontrolled diabetes and severe dehydration. She died a month later.

It is the largest nursing home-related verdict in Massachusetts in at
least the last decade, according to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, which
tracks jury awards.

Most of the award, $12.5 million, was for punitive damages, with the
jury indicating that the “gross negligence” was a “substantial
contributing factor” in causing the woman’s death.

Radius has since gone out of business.

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