In the Courts: Assisted-Living Resident Gets Pressure Ulcers, Dies; $23M in Punitive Damages

June 7, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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In a case in which a resident died after allegedly developing pressure ulcers during her roughly two-month residence at an assisted-living facility, a jury in the Sacramento, California, Superior Court has awarded $23 million in punitive damages against the large assisted-living chain that ran the facility, according to reports.

On her admission in September 2008, the resident had Alzheimer’s disease. She allegedly developed pressure ulcers during her residence, moving out in December. She died three months later; the pressure ulcers were “listed as a significant...

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