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Can you imagine anything more horrible than having a loved one be bitten to death by fire ants? The wife and children of a retired postal worker who died from hundreds of fire ant bites in a Florida nursing home nearly four years ago had to endure such a tragedy. They will receive almost $2 million for their loss.

Mariner Health Care, the nation’s third largest long-term health care company, has agreed to pay the wife and children of Earl Dean Griffith $1.875 million. They settled the case in Brevard Circuit Court a week before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

Nursing homes often put profits ahead of the health and safey of their residents and there is no excuse for any type of abuse or neglect.

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