Update: $23 Million In Punitive Damages Awarded To Family In Elder Abuse Case

Punitive Damages Awarded To FamilyWe’ve recently been discussing the elder abuse trial in California involving assisted living giant Emeritus where the family of a deceased resident has initiated a wrongful death lawsuit against the operator for its inferior care. After awarding $3.85 million in compensatory damages, the jury just handed over a separate punitive damage verdict of more than $23 million.

According to reports of the verdict in the Sacramento Bee, jurors were particularly distraught by the fact that the company had annual revenues of $1.57 billion, profits  of $116 million and a stock market valuation of $1.34 billion– yet they paid no federal income taxes over the past three years.

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric