California law allows a resident to sue for up to $500 when a nursing home has violated a resident’s rights. It has been understood a damage award could be assessed for each time that a resident’s rights were violated, but the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling concluded that “$500 is the maximum that can be recovered …, regardless of how many rights are violated or whether such rights are violated repeatedly.” In the friend of the court brief, NSCLC cites statutory interpretation rules and legislative history to argue that the $500 maximum should apply to each violation and not to the entirety of a nursing home’s relationship with a resident.
In The News
NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville calls on Congress in his latest Huffington Post blog to act to update the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program to help low-income seniors like Dollie.
NSCLC Directing Attorney Eric Carlson is quoted in a Nov. 19, 2014 article in Governing concerning Medicaid reimbursement for care outside nursing homes.
Dollie, 73, lives solely on income from Supplemental Social Security for all of her living expenses. But the program needs an update. Watch Dollie’s story and then help NSCLC restore this important poverty program.
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