Wilkes & McHugh Obtain a $114M Jury Verdict in Polk Cty FL

Jackson v. Trans Healthcare, Inc. 

Plaintiff:  Juanita Jackson
Defendant:  Trans Healthcare, Inc.
Date: Jul 20, 2010
Amount: $114 Million
Location:  Florida

Alleged Injuries: Falls resulting in head trauma and fractured arm, bedsores, dehydration and malnutrition, and death

Description: Juanita Jackson, 76 years old, entered IHS of Florida at Auburndale for rehabilitation in March 2003. Her family planned for her to regain her strength so her children could resume caring for her at home. Ms. Jackson was at risk for falls, but the facility did not take proper preventative measures to ensure she would not fall. Within two weeks of her admission, she fell. She suffered a closed head trauma and fractured her upper arm, which she never fully recovered from. Due to short staffing Ms. Jackson didn’t get turned enough and developed numerous bedsores. They didn’t give her enough to eat and drink, causing her to become malnourished and dehydrated. She was also overmedicated during her stay. Ms. Jackson was left to lie in bed so long that she developed contractures, where the muscles shrivel up, making movement even more difficult. Ms Jackson’s family removed her from the nursing home in May 2003, but she died several weeks later.

 

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