The family of a resident at a California nursing home, Fillmore Convalescent Center, was recently awarded $7.75 million in a case involving nursing home abuse. The resident was a 71-year-old stroke victim.
The attorneys for the resident and her family showed the jury a secret videotape of the woman being abused. Members of the residents family became suspicious after they noticed that their mother was bruised. They complained to management at the facility, but apparently the facility failed to investigate. As a result, the family took it upon themselves to set-up the hidden camera.
She videotape reportedly showed a member of the nursing staff slapping the resident, pulling her around by the hair, bending her neck, fingers and wrists, and treating her violently in a shower chair. The jury deliberated for two days before announcing the verdict: $2.75 million in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
$7.75 million awarded in abuse case – Elderly victim a patient at Fillmore facility, Ventura County Star, Stephanie Hoops, December 11, 2009.