Elder Abuse Suit
Written by Faith Anderson on February 26, 2015
Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Results in $1.2 Million Award for Elderly Victim
Victims of elder abuse or neglect in U.S. nursing homes may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries.
An Oklahoma jury awarded $1.2 million in damages to the family of a 96-year-old nursing home resident who suffered elder abuse at the hands of a nursing home staff member in 2012, after the abuse was caught on video. The verdict was delivered earlier this month by a federal court in a case filed by the three daughters of Eryeth Mayberry, who suffered nursing home abuse in April 2012, while a resident at the Quail Creek nursing home in Oklahoma City. If you believe a loved one has been the victim of serious nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a reputable elder abuse attorney today for legal help. Your loved one may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries and medical expenses, and a qualified lawyer can help.
Physical, Sexual, Verbal Abuse in Nursing Homes
According to the elder abuse lawsuit, Eryeth Mayberry’s family installed a hidden camera in her room in April 2012, when they began to suspect that she was being abused by an employee of the facility. The video reportedly caught one nurse’s aide hitting Mayberry on the head and another shoving a latex glove in her mouth, in a disturbing example of the elder abuse and neglect that continues to plague nursing home facilities across the country. One of the aides, Lucy Gakunga, was convicted on charges of elder abuse, and the other aide, Caroline Keseke, is on the run and has a warrant out for her arrest. Mayberry died several months after the elder abuse video was released to the public in 2012.
Compensation for Elder Abuse, Neglect
The nursing home abuse lawsuit was filed against the Quail Creek nursing home, and alleged negligence on the part of Westlake Nursing Home Limited Partnership, the management company that ran the Oklahoma City facility. The family of Eryeth Mayberry claimed that the company knew or should have known about the elder abuse, but failed to act in a timely manner, even after being informed of the alleged abuse. The verdict handed down by the Oklahoma jury includes $1.2 million in compensatory damages for charges of negligence, and another $10,000 in punitive damages designed to punish the company for its actions.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today
Despite increased awareness about the issue of elder abuse, abuse and neglect continue to be major problems in nursing homes throughout the United States, and according to a recent congressional report, 30% of nursing home facilities in the U.S (5,283 facilities) were cited for close to 9,000 instances of serious physical, verbal and sexual abuse from January 1999 to January 2001. If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by the negligence of others, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling claims of nursing home abuse.