U.S. Supreme Court upholds judgment in nursing home case

Location: Arkansas
Plaintiff: Margaretha Sauer
Defendant: Advocat, Inc.
Amount: $26.4 Million (final judgment)
Alleged Injuries: Neglect by nursing home leading to medical malpractice, tort of outrage, breach of contract, wrongful death after a woman suffered dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, contractures, and infections in a nursing home


The United States Supreme Court allowed the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision on Sauer v. Advocat to stand. The Arkansas Court upheld the judgment while reducing the damages from $78.4 million to $26.4 million. Many believe this decision to be among the largest personal injury judgments left undisturbed by the United States Supreme Court.