March 11, 2013

Sacramento jury awards $23 million in punitive damages against nursing home

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that a Sacramento jury has awarded $23 million in punitive damages in an elder abuse and wrongful death lawsuit against Emeritus Corp., the operator of an assisted living facility.  The jury also awarded $3.9 million in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, which the trial judge reduced to $250,000 under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA).

If this story sounds familiar, you may recall that a Sacramento jury awarded $28 million in punitive damages in another nursing home case back in 2010