The largest personal injury verdict of the year was for $900 million, which included $700 million in punitive damages. In Webb v. Trans Healthcare Inc., the plaintiff was a resident at a nursing home operated by the defendant. He claimed to have suffered numerous injuries, including multiple infections and large bedsores.
The complaint alleged that after Webb entered the facility following a stroke, he suffered paralysis and was in need of 24-hour care. Webb had pressure sores on his feet, legs and buttocks. He also had unexplained weight loss and multiple infections. The complaint claimed that the defendant corporations were withdrawing money from the nursing home they owned, resulting in substandard care.
Trans Health Management Inc. is no longer in business, and its parent corporation, Trans Healthcare Inc., is in receivership. The Maryland receivership stopped defending the case in 2010, after the plaintiff’s firm promised not to bring any further claims, according to the receivership’s attorney, Maria Chavez-Ruark. Circuit Judge Victor Hulslander did not grant Chavez-Ruark’s motion to delay the trial, and he barred her from the courtroom. She vowed to appeal if a new trial is not granted. With the company in receivership, Webb’s widow’s ability to collect on the judgment is uncertain. Webb died in 2010.
Another nursing home resident was awarded $200 million, which included $140 million in punitive damages after a jury found the defendant liable for her death after a fall in Nunziata v. Trans Health Management. The defendant is part of the same set of corporations that were defendants in the Webb case.
Elvira Nunziata was 92 years old when she suffered a fall down a stairwell in the nursing home where she lived. Nunziata had dementia and was strapped into a wheelchair. She entered the stairwell through a door likely left open by employees taking a cigarette break. By the time of the jury award, the company that operated the nursing home no longer existed. One company had inherited the company’s assets and another its liabilities. The defendant was not represented at trial and the ability to collect on the judgment is in question.
By Paul Greenberg
At Maya Murphy, P.C., our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to achieving the best results for individuals and their families and loved ones whose daily lives have been disrupted by injury. Our personal injury attorneys assist clients in New York, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, and throughout Fairfield County. If you have any questions relating nursing home care or a personal injury claim or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our Westport office by phone at (203) 221-3100 or via e-mail at JMaya@Mayalaw.com
Keywords: nursing home care, substandard care, record verdict, Injury, personal injury, claim, personal injury claim, personal injury claims, personal injury claim attorney, injury attorneys, personal injury attorney, personal injury attorneys, injury attorney, personal injury lawsuit, personal injury lawyer, personal injury lawyers, injury lawyer, accident injury attorney, personal injury law firm, law firm, personal injury law, legal advice, legal office, Maya Murphy, www.Mayalaw.com, New York personal injury attorney, Connecticut personal injury attorney, Connecticut injury attorney, Westport personal injury attorney, Fairfield personal injury attorney, Fairfield personal injury lawyer, Westport personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney in, tort lawyer, tort attorney, tort lawyer Fairfield county, find an attorney, how to find an attorney, work injury attorney, injury settlement, personal injury settlement, personal injury settlements, tort settlements, lawyers, lawyer, attorney, attorneys, attorneys in ct, New York, New York City, Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Weston, Fairfield County, accident lawsuit, accident lawyers, accident attorney, accident injury lawyer, airplane crash attorney, Airplane injury lawyer, amputation lawyer, arm amputation lawyer, Auto Accident Death, auto accident injury attorney, accident injury attorney, auto accident injury lawyer, auto accident injury lawyers, auto accident settlement, car accident settlement attorney, auto crash attorney, auto crash lawyer, auto crash lawyers, auto injury lawyer, auto wreck attorney, automobile accident death, automobile accident lawyer, automobile accident lawyers, aviation attorney, aviation lawyer, back injury lawyer, best car accident lawyer, best car accident lawyers, bicycle accident lawyer, big rig accident lawyer, big rig truck accident, boat accident lawyer, boat accidents, brain injury lawyers, brain damage lawsuit, brain damage lawyer, brain damage lawyers, car accident, car accident claim, car accident death, car accident help, car accident injury lawyer, car accident injury lawyers, car accidents lawyer, car collision lawyer, car collision lawyers, car crash death, Car Crash Injury, car crash injury lawyer, car crash lawyer, car crash lawyers, car wreck lawyer, car wreck lawyers, child birth death, construction accident lawyer, construction accidents lawyer, death by car accident, death by motorcycle accident, dog bite lawyer, animal bite attorney, defective products lawyer, product liability attorney, products liability lawyer, elder abuse attorney, elder abuse lawyer, fatal auto accident, fatal car accident, fatal car accident lawyer, fatal forklift accident, fatal injury lawyer, fatal truck accident, head injury lawyer, helicopter crash lawyer, highway accident lawyer, highway accidents, medical malpractice attorneys, medical malpractice lawyers, malpractice attorney, hospital injury attorney, medical injury lawyer, medical injury attorney, motor vehicle accident, motor vehicle accident lawyer, motor vehicle accident attorneys, negligence lawyer, negligent injury attorney, lawyer for car accident, lawyers for car accident, pedestrian injuries, personal injury help, Personal Injury Law, premise liability attorney, premise liability lawyer, plane crash lawyer, rig truck accident lawyer, renter attorney, landlord attorney, road traffic accidents, rollover accident, RV accident, RV injury lawyer, slip and fall, slip and fall lawyer, slip and fall attorneys, school bus accident, serious car injury lawyer, truck accident, truck crash lawyer, truck wreck lawyer, trucking accident lawyer, trucking accident lawyers, trucking accidents lawyer, vehicle rollover, whiplash neck injuries, whiplash settlement, Wrongful Death attorney, Wrongful Death attorneys, Wrongful Death Claim, wrongful death complaint,