Jury Awards $1.2 Million In Lawsuit Over Elder Abuse Caught On Video
26 February 2015No Comments
The family of a 96-year-old nursing home resident who was abused at the hands of two nurse’s aides has been awarded $1.2 million in a lawsuit filed over physical elder abuse that was caught on video. The verdict was handed down last week in a case filed by the three daughters of Eryeth Mayberry, who was the victim of nursing home abuse while residing at an Oklahoma nursing home in 2012. If you believe a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our elder abuse lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. With our skilled attorneys on your side, you can protect the legal rights of your loved one, and pursue financial compensation for his or her injuries and medical bills.
Physical, Emotional Elder Abuse
According to the elder abuse complaint, Eryeth Mayberry was a resident at the Quail Creek nursing home in Oklahoma, when her family began to suspect that she was being abused and installed a hidden camera in her room. The camera captured disturbing evidence of Mayberry being physically abused by two nurse’s aides, one of whom shoved a latex glove in the elderly woman’s mouth and another whom was seen striking Mayberry on the head. One of the aides, Lucy Gakunga, was convicted on abuse by caretaker charges, and the other aide, Caroline Kaseke, has a warrant out for her arrest. Unfortunately, Mayberry died several months after the video of the nursing home abuse was released to the public in 2012.
Nursing Home Accused of Negligence
After seeing the contents of the tape, Mayberry’s family filed a lawsuit against their loved one’s nursing home, alleging that the management company responsible for running the facility, Westlake Nursing Home Limited Partnership, was negligent. The family claimed that the company knew or should have known about the nursing home abuse, but failed to take action against the nurse’s aides, even after being made aware of the problem. Sadly, elder abuse continues to be a major issue at nursing home facilities across the country, and a recent congressional report indicates that cases of serious physical, emotional and sexual abuse are reported at one in three nursing homes in the United States.
Contact Our Elder Abuse Attorneys Today
Nursing home employees are entrusted with the health, safety and well-being of their elderly patients, many of whom suffer from debilitating conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. When this trust is taken for granted and results in the verbal or physical abuse of a vulnerable individual, action must be taken to protect the rights of the victim and hold the abuser responsible for his or her actions. If you or a loved one has suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of a nursing home employee or nurse’s aide, consult our nursing home abuse attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file an elder abuse or neglect lawsuit against the nursing home facility, in order to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your loved one’s injuries.