The jury found the Emeritus Corp. liable for wrongful death and elder abuse in the February 2009 death of Joan Boice. Caregivers found at least four significant bed sores on her body that her death certificate said contributed to her passing. The jury awarded the family of Joan Boice $3.875 million for her pain and suffering but that will be capped at $250,000 by state law. The jury also awarded the Boice children another $250,000 for the loss of their mother’s companionship since the date of her Feb. 14, 2009 death.
Jurors also found that Emeritus’ upper-level management acted out of malice, oppression and fraud in the care it provided to Joan Boice for the three months she lived at Emerald Hills from September to December in 2008.