Thursday, February 20, 2014

Massachusetts Attorney Bernard Hamill Advocate for the Elderly in Long-Term... -- BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2014

BOSTONFeb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Bernard Hamill brought suit against Kindred Healthcare, Inc. alleging that his 85-year-old client had been assaulted at their facility. A Middlesex County jury entered a Massachusetts verdict for Hamill's client on Dec. 17th, 2013 for $2,000,014.00 against Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
The Plaintiff was found with a bruise and bleeding on her vaginal area. Hamill argued that the bruise was caused by abuse. Kindred argued that she had fallen. Because there were no eyewitnesses to any abuse, the defense contested Plaintiff's allegation strenuously, presenting expert medical testimony about falls and other medical conditions that could result in Plaintiff's injury.
Kindred's position was that since a police investigation resulted in no charges and a state investigation was inconclusive, there was no merit to Plaintiff''s claim. Plaintiff successfully argued that she had been assaulted and produced hospital records in support of their claim. The jury deliberated only 3 hours.
With interest the Verdict was $2,477,000.00 for emotional distress, loss of dignity and pain and suffering.
From the official court notice:
"Judgement on jury verdict for plaintiff(s), Jeanne Stanford POA:
It is ORDERED and ADJUDGED: That the plaintiff, Jeanne Stanford POA recover of the defendant(s), Kindred Healthcare, Inc., d/b/a Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Marlborough, Kindred Nursing Centers East, L.L.C., Kindred Healthcare Operating, Inc. the sum of $2,014,000.00 with interest in the sum of $460,189.23 as provided by law, and its costs of action. (Paul D. Wilson, Justice). 12/18/2013"
No stranger to litigation against Kindred, Attorney Hamill previously obtained a judgment of $750,000 for two Kindred nursing home abuse victims who were handled roughly. This award was for purely emotional distress as there were no injuries. He advocates for elderly nursing home residents and has a successful track record including the highest awards for emotional distress caused by nursing home abuse.
This award represents the largest jury verdict ever awarded in Massachusetts for nursing home abuse.

Massachusetts Attorney Bernard Hamill Advocate for the Elderly in Long-Term... -- BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/

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