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Arbitration Award for Fall Case

Published on December 10th, 2019

Manor Pines Convalescent Center nursing home must pay $356,700 to the family of a 92-year-old man who fell and injured his head but was not taken to the hospital, an arbitration panel has ordered.  Calvin Gorsuch had Alzheimer’s disease and a history of falls and had been admitted for rehabilitation. After he was transferred into the skilled care nursing section of the facility, he fell and hit his head. This was Gorsuch’s fifth fall at the facility.

Workers performed an X-ray and deemed him clear to return to his room, rather than sending him to the hospital for treatment. Gorsuch developed a hematoma on his brain and died eight days later.

Gorsuch, a World War II veteran, was married for 65 years and is survived by his wife and two children.

An arbitration panel found Manor Pines Convalescent Center negligent and in violation of residents’ rights. On Nov. 21, the panel awarded the family $6,700 for funeral costs and $350,000 for pain and suffering. Because Gorsuch had fallen before, Manor Pines also should have provided more supervision.

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