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North Idaho jury awards $18 million in nursing home abuse death

St. Maries, ID - A jury has awarded $18 million in punitive damages to relatives of an 86-year-old man who sued the nursing home where he died in 1995, claiming he had been abused and overly medicated. The Benewah County panel's 11-1 verdict Wednesday followed a three-week trial stemming from the death of Delbert Hayward in February 1995, nearly a year after he was placed at Valley Vista Care Center in St. Maries. The dead man's son, Alfred Hayward, had sought $20 million.

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May 18, 2006

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