Aging can be a difficult process. As we enter into old age, many people reach a point where they can no longer live independently. Family members will often provide assistance by paying for professionals to care for their loved ones in the twilight of their lives. While the purpose of professional assistance for the elderly is to make sure that they can continue their daily lives both safely and with dignity, the tragic reality is that it may also result in abuse and neglect.
When she was 96-years-old, Eryeta Mayberry was not able to live on her own, so her family registered her at a nearby nursing home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a precaution, Mayberry’s three daughters put a camera in her room to record any instances of abuse.While it was fortunate the cameras were there, they tragically contained footage of blatant abuse.
The daughters were shocked when the tapes showed two of the nursing home’s employees hitting their mother and intentionally stopping her from breathing. If it was not for the cameras, this abuse may have continued on indefinitely, which is why it is so important for family members to frequently check in with their elderly loved ones, as was done in this instance. The daughters sued the nursing home for the personal injuries their mother suffered, who has since died. According to fox23.com a federal court judge ordered the nursing home to pay them $1.2 million in damages.
Have you or a family member been a victim of nursing home abuse? If so, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Call our Massachusetts nursing home abuse attorneys today at 617-787-3700 to discuss your claim.