Jury Finds Nation's Largest Assisted Living Company Negligent in Bed Sore Death

Last week a jury returned a verdict of wrongful death and elder abuse against the largest assisted living company in the nation. According to the Sacramento Bee, the trial has now entered the punitive-damages phase for Emeritus Corp, an assisted living company with annual revenue of $1 billion.

The verdict comes after the family of an 82-year-old resident filed suit following her death five years ago. The woman, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died shortly after being discharged from the facility with severe bedsores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers). The woman left the facility with at least four serious bedsores. After her death, the sores were listed as a significant factor in the cause of her death.

The attorney for the woman's family argued that the facility was understaffed and failed to properly train the staff that it did have. The attorney also argued that the company's motives were not to improve care, but to cut costs. For more, read the story

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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