The Kansas City Star reported the $1.5 million verdict against the Jefferson Health Care home for the wrongful death of Ova Dycus. She died as a result of a preventable fall. Dycus was a vulnerable adult who had a high risk of falling. All interventions needed to be implemented to protect her but they were not.
She fell after a staff aide left her standing in her room after a shower the night of Sept. 22, 2007.
The aide did not report the fall to the home’s nursing staff and Dycus’ broken right hip went undiagnosed and untreated for at least 19 hours.
She died 6 days later.