The Gainesville Sun reported another verdict against Trans Health Management--this one for $900 million. Collecting the judgment is the difficult part. A jury's civil judgment is the third since 2010 worth more than $100 million that law firm Wilkes & McHugh has won against Delaware corporations that owned or operated 220 nursing homes nationwide — Trans Health Management and its parent Trans Healthcare. Trans Health Management Inc., meanwhile, has since folded, and its parent, Trans Healthcare Inc., is in receivership in Maryland. Trans Healthcare's receivership stopped defending Webb's case in 2010 after years of delay and obstruction. Because the defense refused to appear, the jury heard unrebutted testimony about what Webb suffered between 2001 and 2005 — the last part of his 10-year stay at University Place.
"The 25-page complaint against the company details how, after entering the nursing home following a stroke, Webb was paralyzed and needed 24-hour care. As the company charged with taking care of him doubled in size, he suffered multiple pressure sores to his right foot, right calf, right heel, coccyx and left buttock, the complaint stated. He suffered multiple infections, septicemia and unexplained weight loss, the complaint said. All the while, the corporations were draining money out of the nursing homes, instead of providing decent care, the complaint said."
"Defendants … acted and failed to act in … their duties to Joseph Webb … for their own gain, to increase their net worth and consolidated revenues, in direct and substantial breach of their duties," the complaint reads "As a result of these companies' care, the Rev. Joseph Webb suffered pressure sores and infections that required surgeries, including an above-the-knee amputation of his right leg, attorney Bennie Lazzara Jr. told the jury."
"The family was grateful to have a chance to have the story told for Rev. Webb," Lazzara said. "The main reason the family brought the suit was so that this wouldn't happen to anyone else."
"Wilkes & McHugh, the law firm for Webb's family, has yet to collect on either the $114 million judgment a Polk County jury awarded in 2010 in the death of a nursing home patient or a $200 million verdict a Pinellas County jury returned last month after a woman in a wheelchair toppled to her death. Both were cases against this same set of corporations, which at their peak generated $1 billion in revenues, according to Wilkes & McHugh."
"We believe that the assets of these companies have been transferred to other companies," he said. "It's our intention to follow this company until we find out where the assets are and then we're going to collect them."