Resident wins $750,000 damages after sexual assault by assisted living home staffer

The Newport News Pilot reports that a man who was sexually assaulted by a staff member of an assisted living home has been awarded $750,000 in damages against the Code De Neige Home for Adults and owner Rose Daniels Potter.

According to the report, the victim was a mentally disabled 55-year-old resident of the Adult Care home. The man’s sister brought suit after he was sexually assaulted including forcible sodomy by Junious Boyd Batten, age 44, a staff member.

The jury agreed with the plaintiff’s lawyer that Cote De Neige failed to exercise “reasonable care” because they hired Batten who had a criminal record.

In Washington State, voters recently passed Initiative 1029 which requires that long-term care workers complete a certification exam and undergo a federal background check for prior criminal offenses. The Initiative was created to protect the welfare of dependent adults and senior citizens.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms and include sexual assault, as in this case. Other forms of abuse can be more passive but even more damaging including medication errors, bedsores, dehydration and malnutrition.

This information is provided by The Farber law Group. We have helped people for more than 30 years who have been seriously injured due to nursing home abuse and neglect.

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