Jury Bias Claim Can’t Undo $7.6M Nursing Home Death Award

Law360 (October 10, 2019, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A Georgia appeals court affirmed Thursday a $7.6 million jury verdict in a suit accusing a nursing home and others of failing to diagnose a black patient’s bowel obstructions that led to his death, rejecting the home’s argument that six white prospective jurors were improperly struck due to race.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel unanimously upheld the Lowndes County jury’s verdict in a suit alleging Heritage Healthcare at Holly Hill provided negligent medical and ordinary care to patient Bobby Copeland, 71, who was suffering from multiple bowel obstructions and died in 2012 from “complications related to aspirating fecal material.”...

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