Secured Defense Verdict for Skilled Nursing Facility

Won a defense verdict for our client, a skilled nursing facility, following a suit that alleged liability for a 79-year-old patient's death in 2002. It took the jury less than an hour to deliver a complete defense verdict in this long-running case that was first filed in 2004 and went to the Missouri Supreme Court in 2006. Although the plaintiff alleged that the nursing facility caused the death through abuse and neglect, evidence was presented proving that the patient was dying of congestive heart failure when she became a resident of the facility, and that her substantial and rapid health decline in the weeks before passing away was a normal progression to death for someone in that condition.