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Rockdale County, State Court
brain-brain damage; shoulder-fracture (fracture, collarbone);
Premises Liability; Nursing Homes – Abuse or Neglect, Negligent Supervision
Craig Franklin, as guardian of Wanda Franklin v. Ryan’s Hope, LLC, et al.,
November 21, 2013
Craig Franklin (Male),
Wanda Franklin (Female, 46 Years)
Craig Franklin, Wanda Franklin
Ryan’s Hope, LLC
Ryan’s Hope, LLC
In Dec. 2010, Wanda Franklin, 46, a schizophrenic, was admitted to an inpatient care facility run by defendant Ryan’s Hope LLC, a nonprofit corporation. Her husband, Craig Franklin, had admitted her to the facility when he was no longer able to provide the care she required. In Feb. 2011, Mrs. Franklin jumped from a second story window in an apparent suicide attempt. She landed approximately 20 feet below. The jump did not result in a fatal injury, but she suffered fractures to her collarbone and skull, resulting in physical and cognitive limitations Craig Franklin, as Wanda Franklin’s guardian, sued Ryan’s Hope. He alleged that the facility was negligent in failing to have adequate safety procedures/devices in place to prevent falls such as this from occurring. Plaintiff further alleged that the facility was over-crowded, with more than twice the number of residents allowed by state law. Defendant failed to respond to the lawsuit and was found in default.
Wanda Franklin suffered a skull fracture, resulting in brain damage with cognitive disabilities. She also suffered a collarbone fracture. Plaintiff sought damages of $200,000 for past medical expenses related to the fall, as well as compensation for Mrs. Franklin’s pain and suffering and permanent impairments resulting from the fall.
Following a bench trial on damages, plaintiff was awarded $1,160,000, including $800,000 in damages and $360,000 for attorney fees.
This report is based upon information obtained from the McAleer Law Firm website and an article published by the Fulton County Daily Report.