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Unanimous Defense Verdict for Nursing Home

Medical Negligence Litigation / 2012
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Client: Cleveland Nursing and Rehab Center
Opponent: Veazey Family
Type of case: Medical negligence
Court: Bolivar County, Mississippi Circuit Court
Length of trial: Seven days
Amount in dispute: Approximately $4.0 million
Result: Defense verdict for client

Plaintiffs were the adult children of a long-term resident of the nursing home. Plaintiffs claimed that the nursing home failed to provide appropriate medical care resulting in Stage IV pressure wound and death. Plaintiffs also claimed that the nursing home medical records reflected that the staff did not meet the nursing standard of care with respect to the prevention of skin breakdown as well as the treatment of the pressure wound.

The defense was successful in proving that the nursing home staff met the standard of care and that the resident's skin breakdown was the result of a natural terminal process. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict for the nursing home.

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