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


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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