Following a lawsuit that alleges a state leaves too many residents with brain injuries trapped in nursing homes, as many as 2,000 patients will be moved to homes in the community. The settlement comes after a class action lawsuit showed the state neglected too many of its residents in violation of federal law. Ultimately, the move will dramatically improve the quality of life of these residents, who will be individuals capable of living outside a nursing home with little assistance. Similar lawsuits have failed in other states who tend to protect the nursing home industry with greater fervor. However, this settlement creates an opportunity for many nursing home residents to live better lives through community involvement.
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