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Former nurse wins $5.2m in suit against nursing home

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A Livingston County jury recently awarded a large sum to a local nurse who says she was fired after reporting her nursing home employer was ordering her to "double-dose" patients and cover up injuries. 

Katrina Wesemann won a $5.2 million settlement against Bloomington-based Heritage Enterprises and its Dwight-based facility, Heritage Manor - Dwight on Wednesday, Dec. 6. 

Wesemann said she refused to follow the director of nursing's orders to "drop a pill," or double dose agitated residents with anti-anxiety medications. She also said she refused to delete or omit records of suspicious injuries, her attorney Timothy Coffey said in a press release. 

She made a call to her corporate hotline to report her supervisor's activities, and was fired in retaliation in 2012, Coffey said. 

In a statement to the Pantagraph, an attorney for Heritage Enterprises said they were deeply disappointed in the verdict and dispute the allegations made by Wesemann. 

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