$23 Million Verdict Upheld in California Bed Sore Death

A judge in Sacramento, California upheld a $23 million jury award over the bed sore death of a woman at a North Carolina assisted living facility.  The judge also granted $4.3 million in legal costs to the family of Joan Boice.  Relatives of Joan Boice 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.  Ms. Boice was 82 years old and had Alzheimer’s disease.  Her death certificate indicated the bed sores contributed to her death.  The 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.