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Skilled Healthcare found liable for improper staffing of nursing homes, but the fight is far from over

Skilled Healthcare, a California-based support provider to long-term care facilities, was found liable July 6 for improperly staffing 22 facilities in the state. As a result, Skilled Healthcare was ordered to pay $677 million in restitution, the largest jury award in the U.S. this year, according to Bloomberg News.

This class-action lawsuit represented about 32,000 former patients of Skilled Healthcare that accused the company of short-staffing facilities, which led to inadequate care.

On August 6, defense attorneys for Skilled Healthcare filed for a retrial because of juror misconduct. Skilled Healthcare claimed that a juror failed to disclose before the trial that she worked at the County Coroner’s office and handled one or more corpses from the facilities and that she was a daughter of one of the plaintiffs in the case. However, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge W. Bruce Watson denied this motion for mistrial.

Skilled Healthcare continues to fight the verdict and claim that “the Defendant facilities are appropriately staffed and thoroughly regulated.”

Stay tuned for more updates on this lawsuit. But, in the meantime, we would like to know what you think about the staffing levels in your facility. Share your thoughts in the comments section of this post or take the poll located on the right side of the page.