CPM Wins Jury Verdict in Elderly Abuse Case

Pauline Gogol v. Mills-Peninsula Health Services d/b/a Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing

July 2012

Pauline Gogol v. Mills-Peninsula Health Services d/b/a Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing
San Mateo Superior Court No. CIV509469
In July 2012, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy won a $1,844,400 jury verdict after a two week trial on behalf of an 86 year old resident of San Mateo County who was injured in a nursing home. The jury also made a finding of clear and convincing evidence of recklessness, oppression, fraud or malice for an additional award of attorneys fees and punitive damages. As alleged in the complaint, Ms. Gogol was recovering from a hip replacement at defendant’s nursing home when she was dropped, breaking her recently replaced hip. She was placed back in bed without the injury being reported. Due to her cognitive impairment she had no memory of how her injury occurred. She received treatment only after a family member discovered her injuries.