Weight gain: disabled patient obtains settlement.

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The thirty-six year-old patient is a highly dependent brain-injury victim who resides in a nursing facility.

Over time the resident was allowed to gain more than eighty pounds. It is not considered realistic that he will ever lose the weight.

Damages were claimed in his lawsuit against the facility filed in the Superior Court, King County, Washington, for the fact it is hard for him how even to get out of bed, causing isolation and humiliation.

The lawsuit alleged the weight gain resulted from negligence by facility staff not monitoring his caloric intake. Allegedly food was withheld...

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