Kindred faces $2 million verdict in nursing home assault case with no eyewitnesses

Kindred faces $2 million verdict in nursing home assault case with no eyewitnesses

A jury recently slapped Kindred Healthcare with a $2 million
verdict in a resident abuse case that turned on testimony from medical
experts, attorneys announced Thursday.

An 87-year-old resident at a Kindred facility in Massachusetts* was
found with genital bruising and bleeding, according to court documents.
Kindred argued she sustained the injuries in a fall, while her lawyers
argued that she had been assaulted. She was represented by Hoey Law
Offices, and Jeanne Stanford was the plaintiff acting as power of
attorney.

There were no eyewitnesses to an assault, so the plaintiff’s legal
team relied on hospital records and testimony from doctors who treated
the resident to make its case during the trial in December.

“At the time we learned of the allegations we conducted a thorough
investigation and do not believe the assault occurred,” Kindred
Vice-President of Communications Susan Moss told McKnight’s. “In
addition, the incident was investigated by the Department of Public
Health and the police and they did not substantiate that an assault
occurred.”

 

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