In the Courts: Court Denies Plaintiff’s Request to Reverse Jury Verdict in Fall-Related Case

August 26, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​A jury verdict in favor of a defendant nursing home was sustained after an unsuccessful appeal by the plaintiff to overturn the verdict. The Appellate Court of Illinois, fourth district, reviewed the evidence submitted to the jury, including the contrary opinions provided by the plaintiff and defense expert witnesses, and concluded that the evidence did not overwhelmingly favor the plaintiff.

The decedent had been living with her son when she wandered out of their home one morning and fell in a ditch. When she moved into the defendant nursing home, she was 89 years old and had many medical conditions (including dementia and osteoporosis) and a history of falls. She had right-side weakness due to...

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