Judge Dan Schneider was only 68 years old when he passed away from not receiving needed antibiotics in 2013 after 24 days at the Louisville nursing home campus of the Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Recently, the nursing home company and pharmacy have agreed to a settlement of nearly $13 million to the family.
In 2013, Judge Schneider was admitted to the hospital for an infection and received two weeks of antibiotics before being released to Masonic Homes, where he was supposed to receive another four weeks of antibiotics before going home. Schneider never received a single dose of antibiotics, however, despite nursing staff documenting that he received his twice-daily doses every day. Subsequently, the infection took over his body and he passed away in early May.
Schneider's wife and two sons did not know the pharmacy and facility failed to give him antibiotics, essentially causing his death, until six weeks after his death. They filed a lawsuit in 2014 against Masonic Homes of Kentucky for failing to provide needed medication, and the Med Care Pharmacy for failing to follow up and ensure he received the antibiotics at the nursing home. In the settlement, Masonic Homes has agreed to pay the estate of Judge Dan Schneider $11 million and Med Care Pharmacy has agreed to pay $1.9 million.
This tragic event is evidence that even five-star facilities, as rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), can seriously harm their vulnerable residents. Unfortunately, injuries, neglect, and abuse can happen at any nursing facility, so families of nursing home residents should stay vigilant. If you or a loved one has been injured or has died at a facility in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, or Georgia, contact Daniel Pleasant Holoman LLP. Delay can potentially bar you from receiving the compensation you may deserve, and there is no cost to speak to someone about your case.