Berniece was 86 years old when she entered Hillview Nursing Center. She needed 24-hour care and monitoring due to her deteriorating health. Her doctor ordered the nursing home to provide a lap cushion to help prevent Berniece from falling out of her wheelchair. Despite its effectiveness, the nursing home decided to remove the cushion. Berniece was allowed to suffer three falls within a 20-day time period. She died as a result of her injuries just five days after her final fall.
Berniece's 91-year-old husband, Jim, and daughter, Sue, enlisted Dollar, Burns & Becker to pursue a claim on their behalf along with Berniece's estate. A lawsuit was filed against the nursing home operator and Health Systems Inc., a company that manages a chain of more than 50 nursing homes in the area.
Our experienced attorneys tried the case and obtained a judgment on behalf of Jim and Sue for the wrongful death of their loved one. When a sizable judgment was awarded, the management company insisted it did not have the assets to pay. Ignoring that, we continued their fight for justice and the judgment was ultimately paid. The best news is that as a result of the considerable proceeds, Jim will likely never need to place his welfare in the hands of this or any other nursing home.
"It was clear from the onset of our case this firm had the necessary experience in handling cases against nursing homes. I witnessed their superior background work and trial skills during the presentation of our case. The nursing home could not match their knowledge, hard work and ability as trial lawyers. Our attorneys were several steps ahead of the defense during the entire process. I know I could not have selected better attorneys to represent our family."
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