Cecil Eggers was 92 years old when she entered Appleton City Manor. At the time she entered the nursing home she could still walk. Within six months of her admission she became permanently bedridden.
She was pushed out of her bed by another resident who suffered from senile dementia. Four days later nurses noticed that her leg was swollen. She was taken to the hospital where her leg was casted, and she returned to the nursing home thereafter.
Eggers developed decubitus ulcers under the cast that became gangrenous. Her leg was amputated above the knee. Mrs. Eggers’ daughter sued the nursing home for failure to adequately monitor Mrs. Eggers’ leg and cast. The case was tried by jury in the Circuit Court of Henry County, resulting in the highest verdict in the county’s history. (The verdict included $200,000 award for punitive damages.)