Mississippi jury awards verdict in nursing home case

Location: Washington County, Mississippi
Plaintiff: The Estate of Henry Gibson
Defendant: Magnolia Healthcare, Inc.
Amount: $1.5 million verdict
Non-economic Damages: $500,000
Permanent Disfigurement Damages: $75,000
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, medical malpractice, gross negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and wrongful death in a case where a man suffered bedsores, a fracture and more at a nursing home


Henry Gibson had a stroke, and his doctor recommended he go to a nursing home where he could get the care and physical therapy he needed to regain his strength and hopefully return home.

Gibson’s wife and children fully expected the former mail carrier and church deacon to come back home and resume his life. But he never got the chance.  Instead, he was abused and neglected in Arnold Avenue Nursing Home in Greenville, Miss. While a resident there, Henry Gibson suffered from malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, MRSA, sepsis, and a broken shoulder, which no one discovered until he was hospitalized.   He was often left to sit in his own filth, and when his family complained, the nurses regularly gave the excuse that they were short-staffed. Gibson’s family tried to move him to a better facility, but it was too late.

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