Nursing home abuse led to $78.4 million verdict

Location: Mena, Arkansas

Plaintiff: Margaretha Sauer
Defendant: Advocat, Inc., et al
Amount: $78.4 million
Compensatory Damages: $15.4 Million
Punitive Damages: $63 Million
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, medical malpractice, tort of outrage, breach of contract and wrongful death in the case of a woman 

Description: Margaretha Sauer suffered from dehydration and malnutrition while in residence at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was allowed to lie in her own feces for hours. Testimony at trial also showed that the facility was seriously understaffed and residents suffered as a result. Because of the nursing home’s negligence Ms. Sauer eventually went into kidney failure and ultimately died. The jury returned the largest verdict ever reached against an Arkansas nursing home at that time. 

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