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Last Thursday, AP reports, California’s Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson denied a motion for a mistrial by Skilled Healthcare Group Inc., leaving in place the largest nursing home negligence lawsuit verdict in history. On July 6, 2010 a jury found the Skilled Healthcare had not provided the state minimum 3.2 nursing hours per patient per day across its 22 nursing home facilities in California. The verdict awarded $677 million in this class-action lawsuit to a class of 32,000 plaintiffs, the largest verdict ever in a nursing home negligence or nursing home abuse lawsuit. The sheer size of the verdict has shocked the nursing care industry, which includes many for-profit companies. Large-scale nursing staff shortages have plagued the nursing home industry for the past ten years since major Wall Street investment companies earlier this decade bought up thousands of nursing care facilities, cutting payroll costs by lowering wages and laying off nurses. As a result, patient care has suffered in order to boost share prices, leading to an increase in nursing home negligence cases in the past few years. Though this case was against a California company, nursing home abuse and nursing home negligence in Alabama has also become a problem. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, the experienced nursing home neglect/abuse lawyers of Long & Long can investigate your situation and advise you on what your next steps should be. Please contact our experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys in Mobile, Alabama today.

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