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A nursing home in Tucker, Georgia has been found liable for the death of a patient who had to be hospitalized for an infection caused by lack of care. The family sued and was awarded $1.25 million due to the home’s negligence.

Negligent care

According to news reports, 67 year old Melvin Raybon was admitted to the Tucker Nursing Home (Tucker) in 2002. He suffered from diabetes and a brain tumor for which part of his skull had been previously removed. Due to his medical conditions, he was bedridden and had to be moved every two hours. However, due to staffing issues, he was not and developed bedsores so severe that they left him with an infection all the way to the bone. He was hospitalized and then transferred to another nursing home, but was never able to fully recover from the injuries he sustained at Tucker.

He died over a year later and his family sued Tucker for causing the chain reaction which eventually led to his death. A jury found that Tucker should be held responsible for Raybon’s death under Georgia’s joint and several liability laws, which allow the initial facility to be held liable for future injuries which stem from the original injury. It awarded his family $1.25 million for medical bills and other damages.

Elder care issues increasing

As nursing home options and the overall mean age of Americans continue to increase, so do elder care issues. Legal experts who have handled these types of cases say that nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care and others are often understaffed or staffed by under-trained workers who don’t provide the type of care needed or promised. Although Raybon’s daughter had repeatedly requested that Tucker take better care of her father, many patients don’t have family or friends to act on their behalf, which may mean that many elder care issues simply aren’t being reported.

If you or your loved one has been the victim of elder care abuse, contact an experienced Georgia nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your situation and evaluate your options. Consultations are free, without obligation and are strictly confidential.