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W.Va. justices to hear appeal of $90M verdict

March 4, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a $90 million verdict against a Charleston nursing home.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) reports that the justices will hear Heartland of Charleston's appeal Wednesday.

After a nearly two-week trial in 2011, a Kanawha County jury found that Heartland of Charleston failed to feed and care for Dorothy Douglas, who stayed at the home for about three weeks. The 87-year-old woman died 18 days after her release from Heartland.

Attorneys for the nursing home say all the claims against the nursing home and its employees should be subject to the state's $500,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.


Information from: Charleston Daily Mail,



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