JULY 26, 2012 -- Kansas City, MO -- A Jackson County jury returned a $1.5 million verdict Friday against a Lee’s Summit nursing home in the September 2007 death of an 88-year-old woman. R. Dycus died Sept. 28, 2007, six days after she fell at the Jefferson Health Care home at 615 S.W. Oldham Parkway. Lawyers Tom Wagstaff Jr., of the firm of Wagstaff and Cartmell, and Brad Kuhlman, of Kuhlman and Lucas, represented the Dycus family.
The suit alleged that Dycus was receiving hospice care and was an extreme fall risk. Nevertheless, her family alleged, she fell after a staff aide left her standing in her room after a shower the night of Sept. 22, 2007. Wagstaff and Kuhlman said they contended at trial that the aide did not report the fall to the home’s nursing staff and Dycus’ broken right hip went undiagnosed and untreated for about 19 hours. Lawyer Ted McDonald, who represented the nursing home company, said Tuesday he had no comment on the verdict.
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