Death by Fire Ants

The March 28, 2005 edition of Lawyers Weekly USA reports several cases on behalf of nursing home residents killed by fire ants.

In Florida, a 73 year old man recuperating from surgery was attacked by fire ants. The lawsuit against the nursing home settled for $1,870,000.

The family of a woman in North Port, Florida received an undisclosed settlement for a similar attack. A woman in Bradenton won $1,200,000 for a fire attack assault. She survived.

Two points. First, how can this happen in our country?

Second, the tort reformers want to protect nursing home operators from responsibility for this type of conduct. Why? I want to know why any business who permits something like this to happen is still in business. Fortunately, the nursing home in Bradenton is not.