$54M Awarded in Group Home Rape
An Albuquerque jury returned a $54.5 million damage award against a health services company. The award included more than $49 million in punitive damages, one of the biggest such awards on record in the state.
It was reported that the jurors were upset that these corporations would not accept responsibility said Greg Chase, one of the attorneys who sued ResCare New Mexico and its parent ResCare Inc., the Louisville-based international health services company, over the rape of Larry Selk.
Selk could not speak or perform daily functions on his own. it was alleged that he was raped by an employee, while living in College House, a group home operated by one of ResCare’s New Mexico subsidiaries. The lawsuit was brought on Selk’s behalf by his sister, Rani Rubio.
Trial lasted three weeks before District Judge Nan Nash. The relationship between the health care company’s New Mexico operations and Kentucky headquarters were at issue in the case. They deliberated most of Tuesday before returning a verdict that found $4.95 million in compensatory damages, $1.2 million in punitive damages and $48 million in punitive damages against ResCare Inc.
According to Recare’s counsel no decision has been made about an appeal.