Sunday, July 27, 2014

Massachusetts Nursing Home Neglect Victim awarded damages as Jury finds nursing home at fault

Attorney Bernard J. Hamill is pleased to announce that our client has achieved justice from a Civil Jury in a Nursing Home Negligence case on July, 2014 in Middlesex Superior Court, Massachusetts.

The estate of Genevieve Calandro who died after a fall and weeks of neglect at a Danvers nursing home has won a $14.5 million verdict in a wrongful death and negligence case. A Middlesex Superior Court jury awarded the estate of Genevieve Calandro $1.4 million in compensatory damages and more than $12.5 million in punitive damages, plus interest.

In 2009, Genevieve's son Garry consulted with me after believing that his mother had needlessly died from a lack of basic care in the nursing home he had entrusted for his mothers care. Garry was dedicated son and determined to achieve justice for his mother.

The Law Office of Bernard J. Hamill in Quincy is the Attorney of record in this action who felt strongly from the outset that Mrs. Calandro's death was unnecessary and caused by clear negligent care by the Nursing Home. Reading Attorney David J. Hoey represented the plaintiffs at trial. The nursing home, Radius HealthCare Center, at 56 Liberty St., changed ownership and management last October.

Calandro was 90 years old and suffering from dementia when she was admitted to the nursing home in December 2007, according to our lawsuit filed on her behalf. She was neglected over a period of weeks, if not months, leading up to the first week of July 2008, “with multiple brewing infections, uncontrolled glucose levels and a worsening, infected” bed sore.

After she fell out of her wheelchair in the dining room, she was taken to Beverly Hospital and found to have a number of complications due to her condition. She died of congestive heart failure on Aug. 16, 2008.
which often develops after other conditions, such as severe infections (pressure sores), have damaged or weakened the heart.

The complaint said financial decisions and corporate greed contributed to the neglect of residents, including Calandro, who could not care for herself. It charged that Radius failed to properly train and hire competent staff, and that the corporation overseeing Radius did not comply with state and federal regulations to protect patients. The defendants have vowed not to pay but to appeal the Jury's findings.

Bernard J. Hamill recently set a record Massachusetts Nursing Home Jury verdict of $2,014,000.00 in December of 2013 representing a victim of an claimed sexual assault against Kindred Healthcare.

by Bernard Hamill
July 27, 2014

Click here to see the Jury Court Finding

see article Court finds Danvers nursing home at fault », Salem, MA

Suspended former nurse admitted not knowing what asprin was used for

Suspended former Orchards nurse admitted not knowing what asprin was used for | Western Gazette: "A FORMER worker at a care home in Crewkerne did not know what aspirin was used for, a competence hearing was told.

Fanus Coleasa Dragomir was called to appear before the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council at the Old Bailey on July 7.

In a statement he admitted failing to demonstrate the standards of knowledge, skill, and judgement required to practise without supervision as a First Line Manager – Registered Nurse, at The Orchards nursing home on 20 occasions between September and December 2012."

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