An article on a website called injuryboard.com says a family of a man who died in 2002 after receiving a morphine overdose at a nursing home has won a $4.85 million civil judgment against the nursing home. The jury in the case found the doctor and nurses negligent in the death of 76-year-old Burr Needham.
The article explains that Needham’s family argued that a doctor and five nurses were responsible for the death of Needham after giving him too much painkiller after he entered the center in 2002.
The article says “court records indicated that the jury awarded $3 million of the total judgment to Mrs. Needham, who died in 2007 of cancer, for her loss of companionship. In addition, the panel decided that $1.5 million should go for the pain and suffering that Mr. Needham experienced while at the nursing home. The remaining $350,000 was awarded to the family for damages that Mrs. Needham incurred for burial costs and the loss of gifts and valuables she would have received until her death had Mr. Needham survived.”
Although some nursing homes provide excellent care, others are either incapable or unwilling to honor their commitments to their residents. If you are concerned that a loved one is being abused or neglected while in a nursing home, you should contact my office at 702-240-0000, text us at 24-0000, or go to www.edbernstein.com.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Jury Awards Family $4.85 Million for Nursing Home Death Resulting from Morphine Overdose
Posted by David Mittleman
Friday, July 30, 2010 10:00 AM EST
The family of a Newport, MI man who died in 2002 after receiving a morphine overdose at a local nursing home has won a $4.85 million civil judgment against the facility. A three-week medical malpractice trial against Mercy Memorial Nursing Center in Frenchtown Township ended last Friday after the jury found the doctor and nurses negligent in the death of 76-year-old Burr Needham.