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DEFENDANT’S Medical Malpractice – Nursing Home Negligence –Defendant’s neglect caused decedent to suffer a urinary tract infection and dehydration, resulting in death.

Allegheny County, PA

This nursing home negligence action has been in the Pennsylvania court system for many years. The original malpractice case alleges that the defendant nursing home provided substandard care to the decedent, and neglected the decedent’s needs, causing the decedent to sustain infection and become dehydrated, resulting in death. An original jury found that the defendant provided substandard care to the decedent and awarded the estate wrongful death damages of $________, and survival damages of $________. Several appeals followed, and the case was remanded back to common pleas court on the issue of punitive damages.

This case involves the wrongful death of the plaintiff’s decedent – an elderly nursing home resident, who died from dehydration, multiple recurring urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, and sepsis as a result of being neglected in the defendant’s nursing home. On June 1, ________, another jury in this county found that the defendant Highland Park Care Center caused the death of the decedent by providing substandard care. The decedent’s estate was awarded $________. After that verdict, this case was the subject of various appeals, which took several years to resolve. On remand from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, this Honorable Court was tasked with, inter alia, determining what, if any, duties the defendant, Grane Healthcare – which was the management company involved in the operation of the facility – as well as the defendant, Highland Park Care Center, LLC had to the decedent. This court determined that Grane had no duty to decedent, and dismissed it from the case. Accordingly, the only issues remaining for trial are whether Highland Park Care Center should be assessed punitive damages, and, if so, the amount of those damages. The defendant denied acting with reckless wanton or willful indifference to the decedent.The jury determined that the defendant did not act in an outrageous manner with wanton or willful indifference to the decedent, and declined to award punitive damages.

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