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Brian R. Cahn was a member of the Plaintiff's legal team that secured a $43.5 million jury verdict against a nursing home and its owner in Rome, Georgia. To date, this remains the largest award for nursing home negligence in the State of Georgia.

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Rome Nursing Home To Pay $43.5M In Wrongful Death Verdict

By Steven Tanner on September 16, 2010 9:01 AM
George D. Houser, who operated Forum Group Corp. and subsidiary Forum Group at Moran Lake Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Rome, was ordered to pay $43.5 million in a wrongful lawsuit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The defendant, a Harvard Law School graduate, served as his own Georgia injury attorney in the three-day trial. After the jury read its verdict, George Houser was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs to serve a 2-day jail sentence for contempt of court, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Along with wife Rhonda Washington Houser, he also faces federal charges of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $30 million.

The multimillion-dollar verdict is thought to be the highest award against a nursing home operator in state history.

Plaintiff Loretta Terhune claimed the nursing home failed to provide proper care to her 80-year-old father, Morris Ellison, who died more than three years ago. He fell numerous times, once breaking his hip, but the nursing home did not notify his doctors or family members about the injuries, according to the complaint.

Stephen G. Lowry, one of Loretta Terhune's two Georgia personal injury lawyers, said in the complaint that Morris Ellison was "severely neglected... malnourished and severely dehydrated" at the time of his death. He blamed the man's death on alleged siphoning of resources from the nursing home:

"Mr. Houser, through his companies, systematically drained the money and resources from his nursing homes [and] caused all sorts of shortages of food, water and medicine and basic supplies."

A nursing home director testified at trial that the facility did not have adequate funds to pay its staff, do laundry or pay bills. And the Georgia Dept. of Human Resources' Office of Regulatory Services shut down the Moran Lake nursing home after a May 23, 2007 inspection found numerous state and federal violations.

The facility has since reopened under new management.

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