In a recent wrongful death case, an Arkansas jury has returned a nursing home neglect verdict against national nursing home chain, Beverly Health Care. The case was filed by the family of an elderly man who was moved into the Beverly Healthcare of Camden nursing home after a shoulder injury. The man, who was independent and otherwise healthy before his injury, died of pressure ulcers, malnutrition, and other symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Management knew that its staff was inadequate. At trial, the jury heard saw emails between company officials that described the nursing staff as “trash” and “misfits” that were a “hazard” to the residents. Management also knew why it couldn’t keep quality staff. Beverly Health Care refused to raise wages by $1 per hour. At the same time, executives in the company received $138,000,000 in bonuses. Beverly’s Director of Operations testified that running a nursing home was like running a car dealership.
The jury verdict awarded $1.4 million in compensatory damages. The jury also awarded $875,000 for punitive damages.
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