Plaintiffs in patient-care lawsuits against U.S. nursing homes won about $2.3 billion in 2001, with Florida and Texas accounting for more than half of the awards, according to estimates by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. Both the size of awards and the number of lawsuits have grown in the past five years, according to a survey of 268 plaintiff and defense attorneys in 37 states. The survey, conducted via the Web in 2001, formed the basis of the Harvard researchers' report, which appears in the March/April edition of Health Affairs. Florida and Texas accounted for $1.1 billion and $654 million in 2001 awards, respectively, and the average size of awards in those two states exceeded the national average. Overall, nearly nine out of every 10 plaintiffs in nursing home cases in 2001 received compensation, with an average award equaling $406,000. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Nursing homes' liability at $2.3 billion in 2001: report
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