$303,000 Jury Verdict Entered Against Nursing Home In Which Staff Negligently Removed Skin Staples from Resident

Robert Lankford, 69, underwent abdominal surgery. He was admitted to Life Care Center Pensacola for his recovery period. One of the nursing facility’s nurses mistakenly removed Lankford’s skin staples, which led to a wound infection. Lankford required a second surgery to close the wound.  Afterward, he was returned to Life Care Center where he was subsequently diagnosed with having C. difficile infection. Lankford later died of unrelated causes.

The Lankford family and estate filed a lawsuit against the nursing home and a related corporate entity claiming liability for its nurse’s blatant mistake of removing the staples and for the nursing home’s choosing not to adequately have in place infection control resources. The Lankford family maintained that had the nursing home been equipped properly, the infection could have been controlled, saving Lankford’s life.

The jury’s verdict was $303,300. The attorney representing the Lankford family was Clay Mitchell.

At trial, the Lankford family introduced an expert in nursing policy and procedures.

Lankford v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc., No. 2012-CA-1594 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Escambia County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling nursing home abuse cases, Illinois nursing home negligence cases and medical negligence for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of a medical provider for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Elgin, Deerfield, Crete, Forest View, Orland Hills, Olympia Fields, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Steger, Stickney, Park Forest, Hoffman Estates, Hillside, Glenwood, Arlington Heights, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Bellwood, Berkeley, Chicago (South Loop, Chinatown, Greek Town, Hegewisch, Horner Park, Humboldt Park, Old Town, Printer’s Row), Schaumburg and St. Charles, Ill.

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