Monday, February 16, 2015

Jurors rule in favor of family in nursing home abuse

Jurors rule in favor of family in nursing home abuse lawsuit | Oklahoma City - OKC - "Friday evening, the jury at the Federal Courthouse decided the family of the victim is entitled to monetary damages.

The family was awarded $1.2M for emotional distress and $10,000 in punitive damages.

Shocking video was taken inside the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City in April 2012. It shows two aides appearing to stuff a latex glove into the mouth of 96-year-old Eryetha Mayberry as she sits in her wheelchair.

The undercover video helped change laws in Oklahoma. Families can legally hide cameras inside their loved one’s room.

“In my mind, there’s absolutely no question that these aides had abused other residents before this," said Wes Bledsoe, an advocate for nursing home reform who has worked closely with the family. "This was not the first time that they had ever abused a resident and if it had not been for that camera they would have continued to abuse other residents.”"

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