Expect to hear plenty about SJR8 in coming months. Nursing home owners and the legislators to whom they contribute handsomely along with other special interests will employ advertising campaigns aimed at swaying voters into seriously restricting the amount of courts can award victims of injuries, abuse, and death.
Once the legislature is in session the avalanche of advertising will make it appear this proposed amendment in our state Constitution will benefit everyone. I, for one, expect just the opposite.
While it's impact would be broad, I'm particularly focused on the dire effect upon nursing home residents who too often are victimized by everything from shoddy care to lethal errors. Should the bad idea become law, I believe the biggest winners will be the offenders whose legal culpability will be capped at $500,000.
Medication errors have provided the latest evidence that reveals care in our senior care homes has been shamefully substandard. Marhta Denver, who leads Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents reports state inspector has cited our nursing home more than those in Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma combined over the past five years. For instance, over 20 percent of our state's homes have been dinged each year, compared with an average of 5 percent in those states. As with many mistakes, medication errors often are deadly serious.
Millions upon millions of Medicaid dollars pour into nursing homes who carry sufficient liability insurance. I know some of the finest angels amoung work in these homes because they care. I not only deeply admire what they do each day, but I sometimes wonder how they do it. Manya re quick to conceded their facilities are understaffed, under compensated and undercapitalized as so much money is siphoned away from patient care to wind up at corporate offices... To read the full article, please click here.
This article was originally posted in the Democrat-Gazette.
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