Juries continue to show their appreciation of the sanctity of life even for older and ill individuals. A Middlesex County jury awarded $285,000 ($441,665 with interest) to the family of an 80 year old nursing home resident who suffered severe burns from uncovered and excessively hot radiators. The woman died subsequent to her injuries. While the jury did not believe that the resident’s death was due to her burns, they awarded $285,000 for pain and physical and mental decline caused by the burns. Unsafe environments and inadequate staffing and training are leading causes of nursing home injuries. Advocacy groups recognize mandatory staffing and training as necessary to prevent continuing instances of nursing home negligence.
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