Resident’s family obtained a $3 million verdict against a regional nursing home operator named Sharo Shirshekan in Missouri. The case involved pressue ulcers on both heels of the resident. The feet had to be amputated because of the neglect. Defendants attempted to blame the resident’s pre-exisiting conditions including peripheral vascular disease. However, the jury realized that PVD does not cause pressure ulcers, neglect does.
The jury returned $500,000 in actual damages for pain and suffering in the first stage and then $2.5 million in punitive damages against Mr. Shirshekan and his operating company in the second stage.