A News 12 Long Island Story, April 22 (*updated April 23), was entitled, “‘Slap in the face’: Nursing home countersues family who won wrongful death suit.” It explained that: “A jury awarded $1 million to the family of wheelchair-bound Salvatore Niosi six years after his choking death at Woodhaven Center of Care in Port Jefferson Station. The jury found that a facility nurse forgot to put in Niosi’s dentures and fed him a sandwich, leading him to choke on the food.” According to News 12, “Silvia Teixeira, Niosi’s daughter, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home after learning from homicide detectives that her father’s death was caught on a surveillance camera at the nurse’s station.” A jury found “that a facility nurse forgot to put in Niosi’s dentures and fed him a sandwich, leading him to choke on the food,” and a Teixeira stated in the story that, “it took 20-30 minutes for someone at the facility to call 911.”
Tragically, News 12 continued: “Woodhaven accepted liability for Niosi’s death one week before the case was set to go on trial. But the center is now countersuing the family, claiming they owe the center money for Niosi’s stay there.”
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