A California jury awarded plaintiffs in a nursing home neglect lawsuit against Skilled Healthcare Group $671 million in damages over alleged violations of California law at 22 of its nursing homes. The California jury found for the patients who had banded together in a class-action suit of 32,000 patients who were patients at one of 22 of the Skilled Healthcare facilities between 2003 and 2009.
The jury, in finding for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, found that Skilled Healthcare took shortcuts in patient care for their own profit. One of the main issues in the lawsuit is that California law requires that nursing homes provide 3.2 hours of patient care per patient each day, a standard Skilled Healthcare says they met.
The for-profit motive of some nursing homes means that they take shortcuts on patient care for their own bottom line. Signs of nursing home neglect can include:
- over prescription of medications
- physical abuse
- patients “wandering off
(f you have concerns about how a loved one has been cared for in a nursing home, contact The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm that will work to make sure your loved one’s rights are protected.