When a nursing home resident falls numerous times and winds up breaking their hip, family members and doctors may grow concerned about the quality of treatment the resident is receiving. Unfortunately, Morris Ellison’s family and doctors were never told Mr. Ellison was suffering so much at Moran Lake nursing home.

Moran Lake was operated in a greedy, irresponsible manner. Employees at the nursing home reported the facility routinely had trouble paying workers, doing laundry, and paying bills. Why? Because their owner was funneling money to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, according to ajc.com.

Mr. Ellison died at Moran Lake Nursing Home and at the time of his death he was severely dehydrated and malnourished. When this information was brought to light, Mr. Ellison’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home.

Fortunately, a jury recognized this nursing home was being operated in an atrocious manner and Mr. Ellison was seriously neglected. They awarded the family $43.5 million in damages.

I’m glad this wrongful death case was successfully resolved for the family. It helped put the spotlight on a corrupt nursing home operation that put patient care last. For example, further investigations revealed the operator of this nursing home was scamming Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars. The money that was supposed to be used to take care of patients was used to pay for luxury cars.

It’s good to see some semblance of justice was achieved.