Nursing Home Pays $435 Million for Wrongful Death

A jury awarded the family of a wrongful death victim $435 million for negligent care by a nursing home operator. The nursing home was cited for several state and federal violations. George D. Houser, nursing home operator, filed for bankruptcy protection prior to the trial, citing total assets of between $20 million and $100 million.

Houser faces federal charges for the accusation of cheating Medicare and Medicaid programs of more than $30 million. The payments for Medicare and Medicaid were intended to go toward residents for care at his three nursing homes. Instead, Houser spent the funds on cars and $1.3 million real estate.

The wrongful death victim’s daughter, Loretta Terhune, is charging the nursing home with the failure to provide adequate care to her 80 year old father, resulting in the wrongful death.
Terhune states that the nursing home attendants failed to contact the resident’s doctors or family members, when Houser suffered from injury.

Shortages of food, water, medicine, and basic supplies were reported at the nursing home. At the time of Houser’s death, he appeared to be malnourished and very dehydrated.

Seattle wrongful death attorney Chris Davis at Davis Law Group understands how hard it is to lose someone you love. While we understand that no monetary value can bring this person back, we want to serve justice to the party at fault. Mr. Davis has nearly 20 years of experience in personal injury cases similar to this one. Call for a free consultation, (206) 727-4000.
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