ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Woman’s mom bled to death in nursing home in Albuquerque
A lawsuit that resulted in a $53.2 million judgment against a nursing home chain in 2007 was settled Monday on the eve of oral arguments before the New Mexico Supreme Court on one of the many legal issues raised in the case.
Carl Bettinger, an attorney for Lori Keith, who sued after her active, 78-year-old mother bled to death at a ManorCare Inc. nursing home in Albuquerque in 2004, said the case was settled for unspecified “millions.”
Keith’s lawsuit claimed ManorCare valued profits over adequate staffing, resulting in her mother being unattended at a critical time. An autopsy she demanded within hours of her mother Barbara Barber’s death found the cause was gastrointestinal bleeding. Keith also claimed evidence was covered up.
ManorCare said the cause of death was sudden heart events, and denied understaffing or destruction of evidence.