Wilkes & McHugh handles a variety of defective product cases

Location: Nationwide

Plaintiff: Multiple
Defendants: Multiple throughout the United States

Description: Attorneys from Wilkes & McHugh currently represent injured persons and their families in products liability cases pending in Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, and elsewhere, for products including exercise equipment, electrical equipment, and medical devices.

Woman stabbed while shopping at retail store

Location: Pennsylvania

Plaintiff: Tennessee woman
Defendant: Retail store
Amount: Confidential
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress after a young woman was attacked and stabbed multiple times by a third party criminal assailant

Description: A young woman and her mother were shopping in a retail store when a third party criminal assailant attacked the young woman, stabbing her with a knife multiple times. She suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result. Wilkes & McHugh represented this woman in an action based on the store’s failure to provide adequate security for its patrons. The matter was confidentially resolved during trial.

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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Tennessee Court of Appeals upholds nursing home verdict

Location: Warren County, Tennessee

Plaintiff: Cheatum Myers
Defendant: National Healthcare Corporation, McMinnville
Amount: $4.1 million
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, gross negligence, medical malpractice, and violation of the Tennessee Adult Protection Act that caused the plaintiff to suffer multiple falls with fractures, a Stage IV pressure sore, leg contractures and infection.

Description: The Tennessee Court of Appeals allowed the original decision on Myers vs. National Healthcare Corporation to stand. While the $4.1 million verdict for compensatory damages was upheld, it was reduced by $75,000. During the original trial in 2007, the trial judge dismissed the punitive claim after the jury had awarded $29.8 million in punitive damages. The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge erred in doing so and granted a retrial for punitive damages. The Tennessee Supreme Court denied Defendants' request to appeal. The case later settled out of court for a confidential sum.

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