This is a nursing home negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of a man in Baltimore City who died after swallowing a penny. This wrongful death claim was filed in Health Claims Arbitration on March 17, 2017, and is the 123rd medical malpractice case filed in Maryland in 2017.Summary of Plaintiff's Allegations
A man is a long-term resident of defendant Westgate Hills Rehabilitation Center, a very average ranked nursing home in Baltimore City. He is bedbound, immobile, cognitively impaired, and dependent on the use of a feeding tube and colostomy bag. After about six years, he is allowed to swallow a penny while only being fed and given water through a feeding tube.
His family alleges that as a result of the defendant's negligence, he suffered permanent injuries. These include lacerations to his esophagus, a block to his gastrointestinal tract, and hospitalizations. As a result of these injuries, the man died. The family's nursing home lawyers claim that if defendant had provided care that was within the medical standard, the man would have enjoyed a normal life expectancy in accordance with his condition.Additional Comments
- Obstruction of the upper airway by food or other foreign objects is a well-known cause of sudden unexpected death. It is surprising there is no claim that instruments to extract foreign objects should be readily available in nursing homes. Arguably a nursing home should have rat-tooth forceps to remove coins that particularly kids tend to swallow. Perhaps the man died long before anyone was in position to try to extract the coin.
- Big questions that have to be answered: how did the coin get in his room and how long was it there?
- We try to speak frankly about how juries will view the medical malpractice cases we summarize. Are there some jurors who are going to believe that young man led a very difficult life and is no better off? Even if they believe that, might so angry at the nursing home they focus instead on their mistakes?
- Baltimore City
- Westgate Hills Operator, LLC (Westgate Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center)
- Failure to adequately monitor, assess, and treat plaintiff's medical condition
- Failure to ensure plaintiff was properly hydrated and nourished
- Failure to ensure plaintiff's changes in condition were properly observed, assessed, monitored, and reported to an appropriate physician
- Allows plaintiff to access a penny and allowing him to swallow the penny
- Failure to adequately assess, monitor, care, treat, and maintain plaintiff's condition
- Negligence - Survival Action
- Wrongful Death Action
- None at this time
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- Other nursing home malpractice cases filed in Maryland in 2017:
- A wrongful death bedsore case in Anne Arundel County
- Another wrongful death case, this one filed against a Genesis Healthcare facility
- A nursing home negligence case filed after a woman falls fifteen times during her stay at Bay Manor Nursing Home
- A nursing home malpractice case filed after a woman both falls and develops a bed sore
- Take a look at the average settlements and verdicts in nursing home negligence cases in Maryland
- Information about almost every nursing home in Maryland