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Arkansas supreme court hears nursing home abuse class action

A resident in an Arkansas nursing home argued before her state supreme court that she should be allowed to sue for negligence on behalf of herself and all of the other residents of her nursing home. While a resident of Batesville Nursing & Rehabilitation, the plaintiff alleged that she and her fellow residents received substandard and negligent care due to chronic nursing home understaffing. As a result, the plaintiff developed pressure ulcers that were so severe that one of her legs had to be amputated. The lawyer for the plaintiff argues that a class action is appropriate because the evidence of understaffing and negligence would be the same for all the residents, as would the effects of understaffing on the nursing home residents’ care.

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