Dehydration at Kentucky nursing home led to man's death

Location: Hopkins County, Kentucky

Plaintiff: The Estate of Joseph Clint Offutt
Defendant: HBR Madisonville LLC d/b/a Harborside Healthcare, Sunbridge Healthcare Corporation; Sun Healthcare Group, Inc.; and Harborside Healthcare Corporation
Amount: $42.75 million verdict
Compensatory Damages: $2.75 Million
Punitive Damages: $40 Million
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, including corporate and medical, as well as Violations of Long Term Care Resident's Rights, resulting in dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, infections, and wrongful death

Description: Joseph Clint Offutt became lethally dehydrated despite having a feeding tube because Harborside Healthcare in Madisonville failed to ensure he got enough water to live. The 92-year-old was only in the facility for nine days in the spring of 2008, but he suffered many injuries, including multiple bedsores that emitted a foul odor and dehydration that resulted in kidney failure and death. 

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