March 2013

Jury Verdict Against the Corporate Manager of an Assisted Living Facility for Understaffing Upheld by Tennessee Supreme Court

The corporate manager of an assisted living facility in Tennessee has been found negligent for failing to provide adequate staffing, resulting in the death of one of its residents. The family of the resident was awarded $300,000 in wrongful death damages.

The case will be remanded to a lower court to determine whether a $5 million dollar punitive damages verdict against the company will also stand.

 

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Long-Term Care Commission

In January of this year Congress established a 15 member, bi-artisan Commission on Long-Term Care to “develop a plan for the establishment , implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated and high quality system and ensures the availability of long-term services and supports for elderly individuals, individuals with substantial cognitive or functional limitations, other individuals who require assistance…”

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