Nursing Home Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Resident Was Bitten To Death By Fire Ants.

Aging can be a difficult process.  As we advance 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 assure that they may continue their daily lives, both safely and with dignity, the tragic reality is that it may also result in abuse and neglect.  It is crucial that family members maintain a vigilant eye for signs of abuse when visiting their loved ones in nursing homes.  If you or a family member have been a victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates right away.  Our Boston nursing home abuse attorneys will make sure that you receive the money damages that you justly deserve.  Please call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at today for your free and confidential consultation.  Your needs are our top priority!

One Georgia-based nursing home had to pay nearly $2 million to the family of one of its residents recently after they were fatally bitten by hundreds of fire ants.  Mariner Health Care, the nation’s third largest long-term health care company, agreed to pay Earl Dean Griffith’s widow and children $1.875 million for their involvement in his death.  The settlement came one week before their lawsuit was to be tried.

Griffith, a seventy-three-year-old retired postal worker, was recovering from surgery at the Atlantic Shores nursing home, a facility owned by Mariner Health Care. While Griffith was in bed, he was attacked and bitten by hundreds of fire ants on his back, arms, chest, neck, and head; he died of shock as a result shortly thereafter. Records showed that the 120-bed Atlantic Shores had experienced a fire ant infestation for years. A pest control company came out weekly to spray for fire ants in patients’ rooms.  Griffith’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mariner Health Care, alleging that its failure to remove the ants and provide a safe environment caused Griffith’s death.

Has a family member been the victim of nursing home abuse? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for their physical injuries, as well as any emotional or financial hardship caused by the accident.  Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700,  or email us at for your free and confidential consultation.

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