Jury Verdict In Favor Of Plaintiffs: Shelbyville Nursing Home Ordered To Pay $300,000

The trial against Americare Systems, Inc., the parent company of Celebration Way in Shelbyville, began in 2005 when the daughters of Mable Farrar filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the assisted living facility. However, the case only began to make real progress this February when the jury verdict found Americare guilty, and ordered them to pay $300,000 in compensatory damages.

Farrar was suffering from intermittent constipation, and the nursing staff at Celebration Way should have administered one dose per day of a laxative medication for the duration of two months. Unfortunately, Farrar was only given 16 doses during this time. This failure and irregularity of the distribution caused her severe constipation. On May 29, 2004, nurses gave an improperly administered enema that subsequently caused Farrar’s colon to rupture. Sadly, she died shortly after the enema due to perforation of the colon as well as sepsis.

According to Times-Gazette, daughters Rheaetta Wilson and Laurayn Watson presented evidence to the Tennessee Supreme Court that the facility’s lack of staff and their failure to remedy a known problem were both serious factors that caused their mother’s death. All people, regardless of their physical or mental capacity, deserve respect and fair treatment. When we entrust the well-being of someone we love to another person, we expect our loved ones to be given the best possible care by medical professionals trained to do so.

Our Nashville wrongful death lawyer also expects this level of care for your loved ones if they live in a nursing home. If your loved one suffered abuse, neglect or death due to negligence while living in an assisted living facility, talk to us today to learn more about rights that you may not know you have. We care about your family, because we treat all of our clients like a part of ours.

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