The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has opened the door for the inquiry into the role of corporate parents all the way up the corporate chain of command after reviewing a landmark case in nursing home abuse. Scampone v. Highland Park Care Center, LLC was brought to court by Madeline Scampone’s son, Richard, who said his mother’s death was a result of substandard care from Highland Park Care Center, the nursing home in which she was residing. Mrs. Scampone was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection two months before her death, and was dehydrated and malnourished with bed sores upon her death. Witnesses at trial detailed the nursing home’s chronic under-staffing and a jury found Highland to be liable, awarding Richard Scampone $193,500. When the the state Supreme Court recently reviewed this case on appeal, the unanimous six-justice ruling stated that a nursing home may be held directly liable under a theory of corporate negligence by weighing five factors: the relationship between the parties, the social utility of the actor’s conduct, the nature of risk and foreseeability of harm, the consequences of imposing a duty upon an actor and the overall public interest in the proposed solution.
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