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Unusual damages set in Philadelphia bedsores case

Philadelphia Inquirer, March 18, 2010

In an highly unusual step for such a case, a Philadelphia jury leveled $5 million in punitive damages against Jeanes Hospital and a nursing home in the death of a man who developed ultimately fatal bedsores while at both facilities. The damages—$1.5 million against Jeanes and $3.5 million against the Hillcrest Convalescent Home—came two weeks after the same Common Pleas Court jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages in the case. The damages were awarded to the widow of Joe N. Blango, who died of bedsores in 2008, two years after being discharged from Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia.