New York Supreme Court trial judge David M. Barry approved a settlement last week for the late Getrude Kash at the Jewish Home in Brighton, NY. The suit alleged negligence, medical malpractice, and violation of the Public Health Law.
Shortly after Gertrude Kash, seen above, was admitted to the Jewish Home, she suffered a succession of falls, the second of which resulted in a fractured vertebrae. A bed alarm, although ordered, had not been placed by the bed. The fracture led to swelling of the spinal cord, ultimately paralyzing Ms. Kash from the chest down. Ms. Kash, who initiated the suit, passes away in March 2009. Her daughter, Laurie Kash, continued the suit after Gertrude's death. In a statement, Laurie said, "By winning the appeal on the Public Health Law claim, she (Gertrude) also has left a positive legacy to help others injured by nursing home neglect to seek justice. I know she would have been very proud of that."
The total amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.
Messenger Post, Amanda Seef, December 17, 2010