$640M Verdict in California Nursing Home Lawsuit

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A California jury sent a serious message to nursing homes across the country when it slapped Orange County’s Skilled Healthcare Group with a $640 million verdict for consistently keeping its 22 nursing homes understaffed and putting senior citizens and other patients at risk of injury or death.

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawsuit Spotlights Understaffing

This class action nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit spotlights understaffing at Skilled Healthcare Group nursing homes in California. The nursing home abuse lawsuit alleged that the company violated a California statute which requires nursing homes to provide 3 hours and 12 minutes of direct care per day to each patient. Nursing home abuse attorneys provided evidence that patients were often bedridden for long periods of time, neglected and failed to receive the most basic of care.

Nursing Home Abuse Often Means Neglect

Nursing home abuse, sometimes referred to as elder care abuse, is often the result of neglect and nursing home abuse lawyers say that they are seeing more and more cases of nursing home abuse as those in the baby boomer generation become senior citizens. They point to the following:

  • Study shows 91% of nursing homes are deficient;
  • New York Times says that nursing home buyouts are becoming big business;
  • Olympian newspaper highlights nursing home Medicaid fraud. 

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect: The Result Of Putting Profits Over Patients

The $640 million verdict in the case above represents the cost for care not given to nursing home patients every day in which Skilled Healthcare Group failed to meet the state staffing minimum. The company owns 100 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in California, Nevada, Texas and other states and earned nearly two thirds of its income from Medicare and Medicaid in 2009.

Although the verdict has been criticized by some as being excessive, nursing home abuse attorneys say that a message needs to be sent that nursing homes and assisted living facilities cannot put profits over patients.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, contact an experienced nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer today to discuss your situation and evaluate your options.

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