WKYT News reported on the verdict of a nursing home negligence trial in Kentucky. The jury determined that an aide at the Hillcrest Center was responsible for abusing resident Grace Fugate. Fugate sued Hillcrest Nursing Home claiming an act of negligence changed her life forever.
She moved into the nursing home in July 2003 for short term rehab and recover from knee surgery. But on August 9th, when she needed help going to the restroom, the aide came in and told Grace she knew she could transfer herself, that she was ‘busy, she had other things to do, get up and get to the potty. Grace eventually attempted to move and reach the restroom herself. Her still mending knee could not handle the strain, however, and she ended up falling.
She eventually lost so much blood after the fall that she had to be resuscitated at a local hospital. Fugate then fell and damaged her knee even worse. The injury was so bad that 6 years later she lost her entire leg. The aide that refused to help her get to the bathroom was uncertified and showed a history of poor work habits.
A Laurel Circuit Court jury agreed with Fugate and compensated her more than $7 million in damages. Fugate wants to hire a nurse and move into a private home.
See article here.