Jury Awards $30 Million Judgement Against Memphis Nursing Home

Jury Awards $30 Million Judgement Against Memphis Nursing Home

A jury in Shelby County, TN awarded a $30 million judgment on September 1 against Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC whose poor care led to the death of a resident back in December of 2009.

The family of Martha Jane Pierce filed the case against the Memphis, TN nursing home in 2010 after Pierce, who was in her early 80s at the time, died after developing pressure sores that later became infected. Pierce and her husband William shared a room at the nursing home from 2008 to 2009. Pressure sores began to develop on her right foot and progressed to the point where they affected her bones as well. Fecal bugs infected the sores, which required doctors to amputate her leg in October 2009. Two months after the operation, Pierce died.

Following a five-week trial, the jury gave their verdict finding Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center liable for violations of the Tennessee Adult Protection Act and negligence. They awarded Pierce’s family $129,000 for violations of the Protection Act, $1.9 million for negligence, and $28 million in punitive damages against Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the nursing home’s two owners in New York, and their related companies. The damages are broken down into $2 million for each of the four companies, and $10 million each from the owners Norbert Bennett and Donald Denz.

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