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					                           VERDICT
WRONGFUL DEATH
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE
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VERDICT:            $12 Million

CASE:               Collins v. Perry Health Facility, Beverly Enterprises-Florida

COURT:              Third Judicial Circuit, Taylor County, Florida
                    Case No. 98-433-CA
                    Judge James R. Bean

DATE:               March 31, 2000

PLAINTIFF           Kenneth L. Connor, Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida
ATTORNEYS:          Scott E. Gwartney., Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., Tallahassee, Florida

DEFENDANT           Craig A. Dennis, Dennis & Bowman, Tallahassee, Florida
ATTORNEYS:          David Gallagher, Gallagher & Howard, Tampa, Florida

PLAINTIFF           Dean Nickles, M.D., geriatric medicine, Oakland, California
EXPERTS:            Rita Jackson, nutrition, Jacksonville, Florida

DEFENDANT           Fred Feinsod, geriatric medicine, Denver, Colorado
EXPERTS:            Janet Sutton McKee, diet, Orlando, Florida
                    Karl Pillemer, sociology, Ithica, New York

SUMMARY:            Leatha Collins, 78, suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Perry
                    Health Facility nursing home. While there, she was sexually assaulted
                    and beaten by fellow residents and sustained other injuries, including a
                    broken tooth, skin tears, bruising, bleeding and infection. She was
                    malnourished, lost 41 pounds and later died of dehydration.

                    Her son, on behalf of his mother's estate, sued the nursing home
                    operator, alleging violations of his mother's rights, and negligence.
                    Plaintiff contended that the defendant failed to provide proper
                    supervision, care and treatment for its patients, that it failed to protect
                    Mrs. Collins from sexual abuse and assault by an 80 year old
                    demented patient with a previous history of violence and sexual
                    aggressiveness, and that it failed to provide the proper standard of
                    care. The defendant denied liability. The jury awarded $2 million in
                    compensatory and $10 million in punitive damages.

				
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