Trammell Piazza Receives Arbitration Award for Client – $1.25 Million Compensatory
Trammell Piazza Law Firm represented a nursing home resident who suffered malnutrition and pressure sores while a resident of the nursing home. The man had also been subjected to verbal abuse. Trammell Piazza Law Firm proved the nursing home was chronically understaffed and failed to properly supervise the resident and monitor his conditions resulting in his injuries and loss of dignity. The client was awarded $1,250,000.00.
June 2010 –Albert Pike Campground Malicious Conduct Lawsuit Moving Forward
Albert Pike Campgrounds, Umpire, Arkansas
Chad Trammell and Melody Piazza are representing a family that lost several relatives in the 2010 flood that took the lives of 20 campers at Albert Pike campgrounds. They allege the U.S. government knew an ultra-hazardous condition existed in the campgrounds along the Little Missouri River in Ouachita National Forest, but neglected to warn the public or take measures to reduce the risk presented by campgrounds situated in a flood plain.
On June 11, 2010, as campers slept, the river rose from 3 to more than 23 feet in a matter of hours. Picnic tables, cars, paved road, recreational vehicles and campers were swept away in the roiling waters. The 20 dead include children, parents, grandparents, husbands, wives and friends.
Trammell-Piazza Recovers money for Construction Defects to hospital
Trammell-Piazza obtained a confidential settlement for one of its hospital clients over construction defects in a new hospital building. Trammell-Piazza represented the hospital on a contingent fee basis, meaning the hospital did not pay its lawyers until after a recovery had been made. Without a law firm willing to work for the hospital on a contingent fee basis, the hospital’s tight budget would not have allowed it to pay hourly attorney’s fees to pursue the matter. Trammell-Piazza’s willingness to work with clients, like the hospital, on fee structures where the attorneys have skin in the game, leveled the playing field for the hospital and recovered money to repair its building that otherwise the hospital would have been unable to obtain.
Trammell-Piazza Resolves Construction Defect Claims for a County and School District
Trammell-Piazza resolved a construction defect claim for a County regarding a county-owned building and a school district over a new school building in the past years. The settlements were for significant dollar amounts and provided the funding for the County and the School District to make repairs to their buildings. Trammell-Piazza pursued both matters on a contingent fee basis. Arkansas Counties and School Districts run on tight budgets, and the ability to pursue the responsible parties for defective workmanship without paying hourly attorney’s fees enabled the County and School District to stand on an equal playing field with the Defendants. The lawyers were paid only after obtaining a recovery for the County and the School District.
Trammell-Piazza Obtains Settlements for Business Client
At the end of 2015, Trammell-Piazza settled a case on behalf of one of its business clients for a confidential amount. Our client had been defrauded into entering a business venture with another Arkansas business and a national company. The fraud and deception misled our client to enter into a contract and business deal that they would not have done absent full disclosure of material facts. Trammell-Piazza filed suit and recovered the money our business client lost. We pursued the case on a contingency fee, meaning our client did not fret with hourly bills – they paid once we resolved their case.
Trammell-Piazza Resolves Commercial Claim for a Hospital Client
Trammell-Piazza recently obtained a recovery for one of its hospital clients over damage to one of its buildings caused by a storm. Investigation revealed the hospital’s insurance carrier had not paid an adequate sum of money to compensate the hospital for its loss. Hospital buildings are a significant investment and expensive to maintain. Trammell-Piazza filed suit against the hospital’s insurance company and obtained a settlement for the hospital. The hospital did not have to worry with hourly billable lawyer fees as Trammell-Piazza worked for the hospital on a contingent fee basis. The hospital paid Trammell-Piazza for lawyer services after a settlement was obtained.
Feb. 2011 – Nursing Home Neglect –
Estate of Martha French v. Stratford House
In a significant victory for victims of nursing home neglect, the Tennessee Supreme Court held everything that happens in a nursing home is not subject to the restrictive Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act. In fact, nursing home residents may have ordinary negligence claims and Tennessee Adult Protection Act claims. The Court also ruled that violations of quality of care regulations are in fact evidence of negligence, which a jury may consider. This has been a hotly contested and unsettled area of the law for many years.
The case is French v. Stratford House. The Trammell Law Firm represents the Estate of Martha French.
April 2010 – Nursing Home Neglect – $4,750,000.00
Earl McLemore vs. Life Care, et al, Carter County, Tennessee
After being discharged from the hospital following a stroke, Mr. McLemore was clear of infection and set up to heal at Lifecare Center. Less than two weeks later, Mr. McLemore was rushed to the hospital with a stage IV sore penetrating to the bone, full of infection and foul odor. He suffered from a UTI from MRSA, which coursed through every organ of his body due to sepsis. He was malnourished and dehydrated. Chad led an outstanding group of attorneys at Trial, Drake Martin, Tony Seaton, Brian Brooks and Ric May. Chad and his team proved that the Lifecare aids and nurses were unable to do their jobs because of chronic short-staffing in the facility.
The verdict was reduced to $4,275,000.00, and the Tennessee Court of Appeals unanimously upheld that verdict. To read this opinion, click here.
Sept. 2007 – Nursing Home Negligence – $2,275,000.00
Herman Johnson vs. Beverly Healthcare, Camden, Arkansas $1,400,000.00 Compensatory, $875,000 Punitive Damages
Mr. Herman Johnson developed Stage II pressure sores and suffered from malnutrition. Internal nursing home emails were presented as evidence. These emails referred to nursing home assistants as “trash” and “misfits” who posed a “hazard” to the nursing home residents. The jury found the Nursing Home to be negligent, sending a powerful message to the nursing home mega-chain. Chad led a team of super lawyers, Dan Sorey and Camden attorney Jamie Pratt.
Nov. 2003 – Nursing Home Injury – $3,000,000.00
Eula Spencer vs. Northport Health Services, Logan County, Arkansas
$1.5 Million Compensatory, $1.5 Million Punitive Damages
Mrs. Eula Spencer resided at the Nursing Home for over three months, during which time she developed Stage III and IV pressure sores. She became severely dehydrated despite having a feeding tube. The facility was chronically short on nursing staff, and an Alabama Corporation put extreme budget pressure on the local facility to keep staffing numbers low.
Chad tried this case with Brady Paddock. The verdict was one of the largest in Logan County history.
June 2003 – Nursing Home Death – $2,000,000 compensatory
Pauline Penny vs. Sun Healthcare Group & Sunbridge Healthcare Corp, Cass County, Texas
Mrs. Pauline Penny fell 19 times in a little over one year. She was known as fall risk. The nursing home knew that Mrs. Penny became restless and attempted to get out of her wheelchair when left unattended. The nursing home was short of nursing staff. Mrs. Penny needed assistance to the restroom, but would have to urinate on herself and sit for hours due to the lack of staffing. She suffered fatal head injuries when a Certified Nursing Assistant helped the patient out of a transport van and into her wheelchair. When the aid returned to the van, Mrs. Penny tried to get out of her wheelchair, which rolled down a hill, causing her to fall and hit the pavement face-first at a high speed. This aid had requested that another aid accompany her on the transport so that she would not have to leave Mrs. Penny unattended, but management told the aid that they were short-handed and would have to transport alone.
Chad tried the case with Anthony Bruster.
Oct 2001 – Nursing Home Death – $455,000 compensatory
Dock Crosslin vs. Regional Management Company, Howard County, Arkansas
Mr. Dock Crosslin was left to literally rot and his body became covered with Stage IV pressure sores that developed a horrific odor from infection. The infection led to a dangerous infection of the blood, sepsis, which killed Mr. Crosslin. It was an egregious case of nursing home neglect. The evidence at trial revealed that Mr. Crosslin was neglected because the aids and nurses were chronically short-handed and unable to do their jobs.
Chad tried the case with attorney Amy Quezon and Bryan Chesshir. The verdict was one of the highest in Howard County history.
March 2002 – Nursing Home Injury – $855,000 compensatory
Eula Thurman vs. Regional Management Company, Howard County, Arkansas
Mrs. Eula Thurman was ignored and allowed to develop Stage IV pressure sores, including a large and severe Stage IV sore on her bottom that penetrated all the way down to the bone. She also suffered from malnutrition and dehydration while her diabetes was allowed to rage out of control. The evidence revealed that the company was overly focused on budgetary constraints, which led to chronic short-staffing of aids and nurses who were unable to do their jobs. Chad tried the case with Pat Dougherty and Bryan Chesshir.
Chad tried this case five months after the Crosslin case, almost doubling what had been a near record verdict for Howard County, Arkansas.
June 2001 – Nursing Home Pressure Sore Amputation – $1,020,000.00 compensatory
Jewell Emmet Boatright vs. Regional Management Company, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Jewell Emmet Boatright suffered gangrenous lesions on both legs and Stage III pressure sores. Witnesses testified that the nursing home was so short-handed that the plaintiff did not receive the care he required. Rather than treat Boatright’s non-compliance, the nursing home used it as an excuse for their failure to provide care to the elderly man.
Chad tried the case with Amy Quezon.