Missing woman’s family gets $1.8 million settlement

I have written one or two times before about Mouy Tang, who disappeared from a nursing home in North Carolina in 2008 and was never found. The nursing home pretty much defines substandard and it got shut down in the wake of Mouy’s disappearance — talk about closing the barn door after the horses have already been stolen.

Unique Living had faced several issues, including two residents that had passed away due to neglect, according to Cleveland County Social Services.

The facility also faced concerns with having several of their utilities in jeopardy of being disconnected, limited food supply in the kitchen, verbally abusing the residents, and improperly using restraints.

Mouy had a lot of mental and medical problems, including schizophrenia, and she was an insulin-dependent diabetic. She is almost certainly dead; she needed those insulin shots four times a day to live. She survived the killing fields of Cambodia only to die of neglect and stupidity in the grand old US of A.

Anyway, Mouy’s family sued the company that owned the nursing home and have just won 1.8 million dollars. Another article has a more precise number: $1,844,000. With interest of 8% until the money is fully paid — I didn’t know you could charge interest for lawsuit winnings. You can view the settlement as well.

2 thoughts on “Missing woman’s family gets $1.8 million settlement

  1. Celeste May 13, 2011 / 12:39 pm

    That’s astonishing that an assistliving facility could have that many infractions against them and not be shut down imediately after the first time a resident vanishes.

  2. LB May 13, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    My mother worked and eventually became the Dietary supervisor at a nursing home; I think that the general public has many misconceptions about safety regulations and how they are enforced in nursing homes. Many nursing homes do not have special units for Alzheimer’s or patients suffering from advanced dementia, so it’s not uncommon for a resident to wander off and to be (fortunately) found by staff. Sometimes it’s wrote up in the patient’s care plan (as it is supposed to be) sometimes it’s swept under the rug.

    The patients can not be forcibly restricted, even if they pose a threat to themselves. This is added to the problems of understaffing of CNA’s and LPN’s at many facilities. RNs at some nursing homes do office work, only work day hours, and leave the physical care to CNAs and LPNs. Some nursing homes still don’t even do drug tests on staff, to quote one local administrator “If we tested staff for drugs, we’d hardly retain any employees.”

    State inspectors check a couple of times a year, but there’s generally few write ups. Plenty of state inspectors owe jobs to nepotism and aren’t too invested in doing conscientious work. The only time that things change is when a person dies in a suspicious manner on site or dies after escaping from the facility, then there’s bad press and damage control.

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