A Philadelphia jury returned a verdict for $5 million in punitive damages last month against Jeanes Hospital and a Wyncote nursing home in the death of a man who developed ultimately fatal bedsores while at both facilities. The damages – $1.5 million against Jeanes and $3.5 million against the Hillcrest Convalescent Home – came two weeks into the second phase of the trial after the same jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages in the case. The damages were awarded to the widow of Joe N. Blango, who died of bedsores in 2008, two years after being discharged from Jeanes Hospital. This was the first punitive damages case to go to a jury in Philadelphia. Steven R. Maher, a lawyer whose firm has offices in several states, including Pennsylvania, represented the Plaintiff and did a good job.
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