$1.5 million Verdict in Germantown Group Home Death
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on January 9, 2012 in Nursing Home Abuse
The following is an article written by Lee Berquist and appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on January 8, 2012.
Jurors in Washington County awarded more than $1.5 million Friday to the mother of 56-year-old woman who died after choking while in the care of a group home in Germantown.
Vicky Anderson died on March 3, 2009, after an incident on Feb. 27 of that year, according to her attorney, in which staff of the group home failed to properly puree her food.
As a result she choked on her meal, causing brain damage and eventually her death, personal injury attorney Jeff Pitman said.
Anderson was developmentally disabled, blind and had difficulty swallowing her food. She lived at a group home in Germantown operated by Countryview Group Homes.
Pitman said that while researching the case, he discovered Countryview was operating the day of the incident without a required manager and had recently cut staffing levels.
Jurors awarded the womans estate nearly $1.52 million for burial expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship for Vickys mother, Evelyn, and punitive damages.
Michael Yelin, administrator of Countryview, said in a statement:
Countryview disputes any evidence of inappropriate staff cuts and (is) considering an appeal on that issue.
Countryview took responsibility from the beginning because its employee made a mistake.
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