The widow of an 88-year-old Colorado man who died as a result of bedsores he suffered in a Rocky Ford nursing home has been awarded $3.2 million.
An Otero County District Court jury said Rocky Ford-based Pioneer Health Care Center was negligent in the death of Henry Frazier.
According to the Denver Post, Frazier stopped eating, drinking and walking and became bed-bound when he was placed in the nursing home in 2009. He died in 2010.
Nursing homes are required to move bedridden clients every two hours so they won’t develop skin problems or sores.
Colorado Health Department officials later inspected the nursing home and cited the facility for 27 deficiencies after discovering many problems including widescale infections.
Company officials could not be reached for comment.