According to McKnights, a $1.2 million arbitration award was granted to the family for a wrongful death of a 95-year-old resident of Hudson Elms Nursing Home in Hudson, OH on July 15, 2014. The resident was a fall risk so her bed was placed against a wall near a baseboard heater; the woman’s legs became trapped and she sustained fourth-degree burns.
The woman’s roommate, a resident with dementia, had access to the thermostat controls and had turned the heat up to maximum. It is unclear how long the woman had been trapped before being discovered at approximately 5:00 a.m. The woman underwent a leg amputation and had a toe on the other foot removed, she died fewer than 90 days after discharge from the hospital.
The settlement includes pain and suffering and wrongful death awards, and about $267,000.00 will go to Government health programs that paid for the woman’s care.
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