Jury Awards Nursing Home Resident’s Estate $3 million Verdict
November 13, 2003
On November 7, 2003, a Logan County, Arkansas jury awarded the Estate of Sallie Eula Spencer $3,000,000 after an eight-day trial in Paris, Arkansas. Nix, Patterson & Roach attorneys Brady Paddock and Chad Trammell represented the family and Estate of Ms. Spencer in a nursing home neglect case against Northport Health Services, Inc., Northport Health Services of Arkansas, LLC d/b/a Paris Health & Rehabilitation Center, and NHS Leasing & Consulting, LLC. The Defendants own and operate a nursing facility in Paris where Ms. Spencer resided from late June 2001 through early September 2001. During her residency, Ms. Spencer suffered from bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, and numerous personal indignities. Ms. Spencer’s family removed her from the Defendants’ nursing facility in less than three months, and Ms. Spencer subsequently died two months later in another nearby nursing home. At trial, NPR attorneys put on evidence that the corporate Defendants made economic policies in their headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that resulted in serious and dangerous understaffing at the Paris facility. NPR also proved that the Defendants were aware of an ongoing pattern of neglect at this nursing home, resulting from understaffing, but took no action to correct these problems despite numerous warnings. The Logan County jury found that the Defendants were negligent, committed medical malpractice, and violated Ms. Spencer’s rights as a nursing home resident. The jury assessed compensatory damages of $1,500,000 and punitive damages of $1,500,000.