After hearing horror stories about an elderly woman who was raped in a nursing home and others who died as a result of neglect, the Florida Senate Rules Committee signed off on a measure making it harder to sue nursing homes for punitive damages. The bill (SB 1384), backed by nursing-home investors and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, would require judges to hold evidentiary hearings before determining whether claims for punitive damages can move forward.
Critics say it makes it nearly impossible to sue corporations or executives, possibly opening the door for poor care. Supporters say it simply requires plaintiffs to show that they have a right to punitive damages and that their case is likely to succeed.
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