Morgan & Morgan Recovers $500,000 in Nursing Home Death Case

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Morgan & Morgan is pleased to announce that attorneys Chris Graddock and Keenan Nix have obtained a $500,000 verdict in a nursing home death case against Wellstar Paulding Nursing Home. The 77-year-old plaintiff allegedly suffered a broken hip and subdural hematoma after falling off a bed, and died nine days later.

It would be my hope that all good health care institutions and people alike can learn from their mistakes.

Morgan & Morgan is pleased to announce that attorneys Keenan Nix and Chris Graddock have obtained a $500,000 verdict in a nursing home death case against Wellstar Paulding Nursing Home.*

“The family felt a need to have a jury speak to the care their mother received and speak to the loss,” said Mr. Graddock. “They were very satisfied with how the jury handled its job.”

According to the complaint, the plaintiff, a 77-year-old woman, needed the assistance of two nursing aids to move from her bed to a wheelchair. While being prepared for the transfer by one nursing assistant, the plaintiff allegedly fell off the bed and onto the floor. According to the nursing home staff’s testimony, the plaintiff slid off the bed and never hit her head; however, an expert medical witness for the plaintiff testified that the injuries could not have been caused by the incident described by the nursing assistant. According to the expert’s testimony, the plaintiff had suffered a greater fall, which would have caused her to hit both her head and hip, resulting in her injuries.

The plaintiff was not given immediate medical attention, but was transferred to a hospital after she became increasingly disoriented, according to the complaint. Examinations conducted 12 hours after the incident showed that, as a result of the fall, the plaintiff suffered a broken hip and subdural hematoma, which had already caused brain damage, the suit alleged. The plaintiff succumbed to her extensive brain injuries and died nine days later, according to the complaint.

“It would be my hope that all good health care institutions and people alike can learn from their mistakes,” said Mr. Graddock. “Hopefully this will have a teachable moment for them. And hopefully, they will initiate a standardized procedure for resident transfers.”

Mr. Graddock has extensive experience handling complex wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases, and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. His areas of active practice include cases involving tractor trailer commercial vehicle negligence, construction defects, equipment operation service and repair negligence, product defects, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence.

Mr. Nix, a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania School of Law, is a managing partner of Morgan & Morgan, handling catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and business tort litigation. He has been recognized by his peers as the top trial lawyer under 40 in Georgia and is a member of The Melvin Belli Society, a group dedicated to promoting trial excellence. Mr. Nix, when not in court, teaches trial advocacy and chairs a continuing education course on representing victims of traumatic brain injury.

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*Case number: 2010A9548-5, Cobb County State Court

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