A Sacramento judge has upheld a $23 million jury award over the bed sore death of a woman at a Northern California assisted living facility. The judge also awarded $4.3 million in legal costs to the family of Joan Boice. Relatives sued the Emeritus senior living corporation for wrongful death and elder abuse after Ms. Boice died at the Emerald Hills facility in Auburn five years ago. The 82-year-old had Alzheimer’s disease. Her death certificate indicated that bed sores contributed to her death. A jury found against the Seattle-based company earlier this year. An Emeritus spokeswoman says the company believes the verdict was tainted by improper evidence and it will appeal.
Sources: The Sacramento Bee and The Insurance Journal
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