Health-care company settles patient's fire-ant death case for $1.875 million

  1. Another danger to patients--Florida nurses, please take note.

    MELBOURNE - The family of a bedridden nursing-home patient who died after being bitten by hundreds of fire ants will get almost $2 million under a settlement with the home's owner.

    Georgia-based Mariner Health Care, the nation's third-largest long-term health-care company, agreed this week to pay Earl Dean Griffith's widow and children $1.875 million, a week before their lawsuit was to be tried.

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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    simply HORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIBLE. :angryfireWhen I lived in OK we had those things everywhere. Just being bitten ONCE resulted in a painful burn and welt. Hundreds? I can't imagine how awful it was for this poor soul.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    The worst part is, that's not the first case. Those poor residents!

    And then they tell us they can't afford proper staffing.... :stone
  5. by   nurseangel78
    That is soooo sad. I couldn't imagine that even happening.