The family of Eliza Jennings, 94, has been awarded $18 million in a wrongful death suit against a Berea, Ky., nursing home. Eliza Jennings died in 2009. As part of the overall award, the jury awarded $9.5 million out of a maximum of $10 million for punitive damages because of the care Jennings failed to receive at The Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Ms. Jennings developed several deep bedsores, including sores down to the bone, and infections including E. coli. One deep-bone bedsore was the size of a softball and left her tailbone and nerve endings exposed.
Evidence was presented at trial that The Terrace had a policy of leaving residents in wet diapers for extended periods of time to save money. The woman had also lost use of her arms and legs because they had become ‘frozen’ from the lack of range of motion exercises, he said. The Terrace is a part of PMD Corporation, which owns 12 nursing homes across Kentucky. Corey Fannin, a lawyer with Wilkes & McHugh, a law firm with headquarters in Tampa, Fla., represented the family. They did a good job in this case.