Jury finds nursing home negligent, awards family $3.7 million

PUEBLO, Colo. - A jury has ruled that a nursing home's negligence caused a Pueblo woman to die, KRDO-TV reported.

Janet Smith, 88, was taken to Belmont Lodge Health Care Center to recover in May 2011 after breaking her ankles.

"I had every reason to believe my mother was coming home," Janet's daughter, Margaret Smith said.

Smith said her mother was on a catheter, but employees didn't properly monitor it. Janet Smith soon developed a significant urinary tract infection that went into her bloodstream and eventually killed her, according to KRDO-TV.

Monday, a jury ordered the nursing home to pay $3.7 million -- $3.5 million for punitive damages and $200,000 to Margaret Smith for emotional distress.

In a statement from the nursing home, a spokesperson, Annaliese Impink, said, "Over the next several weeks we will review our options and make a decision regarding whether to appeal part, or all of the findings and the damages."

Story from KRDO-TV: http://tinyurl.com/d9ao89m

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