HCR Manorcare has appealed a ruling in which a jury awarded Tom Douglas $91 million in damages after he sued over the care of his 87-year-old mother, Dorothy Douglas.
Dorothy Douglas died in 2009 after living about three weeks at Heartland of Charleston. She had Alzheimer's and other ailments and was supposed to be staying at Heartland only until a bed opened up at another facility. Douglas died on Oct. 11, 2009, after having left Heartland on Sept. 23.
Before she arrived Heartland, Dorothy Douglas could walk and speak, but after three weeks, she had become seriously dehydrated and was confined to a wheelchair, lawyers said during the trial, according to previous reports from the Gazette.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the case.
Pack said the case will not affect Chesterfield's purchase of the facility.
"That does impact us at all," Pack said. "That stays with HCR Manorcare."
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