A Hopkins County Circuit Court jury found in favor of the plaintiff and against Harborside Healthcare, a Kentucky nursing home case. The case involved Mr. James Offutt, a 92 year old resident of the facility. Mr. Offutt, who suffered from cancer, lived at the facility a mere 9 days prior to his death from dehydration, despite the presence of a feeding tube. According to attorneys prosecuting the case, Mr. Offutt also developed painful sores on his body.
The jury awarded one million dollars for negligence resulting in a death, one million seven hundred fifty thousand dollars for wrongful loss of consortium for Pearline Offutt, and forty million dollars in punitive damages.
The nursing home plans to appeal the verdict.