A Texas jury awarded $19. 5 million to relatives who brought a wrongful-death suit against Emeritus Assisted Living. The relatives of Florine...

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A Texas jury awarded $19.5 million to relatives who brought a wrongful-death suit against Emeritus Assisted Living.

The relatives of Florine Ofczarzak, who lived in a San Antonio home, claimed that Emeritus’ negligence caused the elderly woman’s death in 2003. The Seattle-based company says it will appeal.

“It was a tragic event,” Emeritus’ lawyer, Thomas Stanley, said yesterday. “But at the same time, this is an unfair verdict.”

The award included $18 million in punitive damages and $1.5 million in compensatory damages.


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Compiled from Seattle Times business staff and Bloomberg News