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Settlement Reached in Nursing Home Lawsuit

A Brooklyn judge, who served as a Civil Court judge for 17 years, died eight years ago due to the negligence of the assisted living facility in which he was a resident. Judge John Phillips was a well-known individual and had purchased several properties increasing the worth of his estate. In 2000, the judges' health had been on the decline when he was declared incompetent and a guardian was court appointed. That guardian, a New York attorney, stole over $300,000 from the estate and was disbarred.

Due to his mental state and health condition, the judge was placed in an assisted living facility in Park Slope. Unfortunately, only eight months after moving into the facility, Judge Phillips died due to the negligence of the owner of the Prospect Park Residence. The family of the judge filed a lawsuit claiming they were not allowed to see him when they attempted to visit, he was not given diabetic meals, and his room was without heat.

The plaintiffs also claim that the owner was operating the assisted living facility without a license. The owner defended the actions of confining the judge to his room because there was a court order to do so; however, the defense was not able to produce the supporting documentation. The parties agreed to settle the lawsuit for $750,000 just one week prior to the start of the trial.

The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with nursing home negligence claims and can help you or someone you know who has been injured in a nursing home accident. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential nursing home negligence case.