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Idaho Jury awards $18 million in punitive damages in case of nursing home abuse

A Northern Idaho jury has awarded $18 million in punitive damages to relatives of an 86-year-old man who sued the nursing home where he died in 1995, claiming he had been abused and overly medicated.
The staff committed more than 700 violations of federal nursing home regulations and eventually caused the man’s death with repeated dosages of Haldol, a powerful anti-psychotic medication they used to control him after he tried to leave the home.