Attorney John Bass launched a successful medical malpractice defense on behalf of our firm’s client. Plaintiff, represented by the law firm of Wilkes and McHugh, alleged the defendant nursing home and management company purposefully understaffed the facility resulting in pressure ulcers, numerous urinary and respiratory infections, malnourishment, and eventually, the death of a 62 year old woman. The representative plaintiff was the decedent’s niece. The Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County sustained defendants’ preliminary objections, and transferred both the survival and wrongful death claims to arbitration pursuant to an arbitration agreement executed by the parties.
Prior to the formal hearing, co-defendant nursing home and corporate parent settled with plaintiff as the result of a fractured hip suffered at that facility prior to her residency at the nursing home represented by Burns White.
The case proceeded to arbitration before retired Westmoreland Court of Common Pleas Judge, Gary Caruso, who found on behalf of the defendant nursing home and management company.