A Kentucky jury heard evidence of the pain and suffering caused by the neglect of a nursing home and reached a unanimous $5-million verdict against Superior Care Home facility. The jury determined the nursing home violated its duty to provide care and keep the resident safe. and agreed to compensate Tallent’s Estate with $1 million in damages, along with $4 million in punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish or deter future similar conduct.
The family of 84-year-old Regina Tallent filed the lawsuit in June 2017, eight months after Tallent died at the facility. Tallent suffered from several health issues, including Parkinson’s disease. She needed and was ordered to be on a soft diet, because there was a risk of choking.
The attorney representing Tallent’s family, Tad Thomas, told Local 6 that Tallent choked on various foods that were not on her prescribed diet in several instances while at Superior Care Home. Then in September 2016, she choked to death — just seven months after she was admitted to the nursing home.
The family released a statement, saying, “Regina Tallent’s family is extremely grateful to the jury who paid close attention to the evidence and came to this unanimous decision. They pursued this case, not only to seek justice for Ms. Tallent, but to protect other residents in the future. Our seniors need and deserve high quality care and we hope this verdict will result in a change in business practices to ensure that residents of Superior Care are treated appropriately.”
In August, a jury found Superior Care Home was at fault for gross negligence and failure to provide proper medical care in the death of Mary Opal Moore. The Moore family was awarded $2.2 million.
Moore, who had dementia, lived in the Paducah nursing home from December 2014 to March 2015. On March 21, 2015, the nursing home called her son and said he needed to come pick her up. The lawsuit said Moore was being forced out of the facility. Three weeks after she left the nursing home, she died. That lawsuit shows Superior Care Home’s actions led to the deterioration of Moore’s health — ultimately resulting in her death.