Wednesday, July 30, 2014
MA Jury Hands Down $14m Negligent Care Verdict to "Send Message" to Nursing Homes!
The majority of the award — $12.5 million — is for punitive damages. Superior Court Judge Peter B. Krupp told the jury that punitive damages could be awarded to send a message to the nursing home industry as a whole, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.
Krupp's jury instruction is a point of contention in a forthcoming appeal, defense attorney Lawrence Kenney told the Globe.
Kenney represented Radius HealthCare Center, a nursing home in the town of Danvers, the newspaper stated. Radius resident Genevieve Calandro's multiple health problems — which also included uncontrolled diabetes and a urinary tract infection that had invaded her bloodstream — were discovered after the 90-year-old fell out of a wheelchair and was hospitalized in July 2008. She died the next month.
Radius, which now has closed, admitted Calandro received substandard care but denied this resulted in her death.
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Jury Hands Down $14m Negligent Care Verdict to "Send Message" to Nursing Homes