Lavender v. Skilled Healthcare

Patrik Griego

Case Conclusion Date:January 1, 2010

Practice Area:Elder Law

Outcome:Largest Humboldt County Jury Verdict- $676.8M

Description:Patrik Griego was one of four trial lawyers who conducted five years of litigation against Skilled Healthcare before winning a $676.8 million dollar jury award against a large nursing home chain (Lavender v. Skilled Healthcare Group). Mr. Griego handled the cross examinations of Skilled Healthcare employees regarding staffing numbers and financial incentives provided to corporate employees to understaff so as to increase business profit. The Plaintiffs' lawyers proved that Skilled Healthcare Group understaffed its 22 nursing homes in California. After a six-and-a-half month trial, the jury found that the chain was responsible for 1.2 million violations at a potential cost of $500 each. Two months after the verdict, Skilled Healthcare Group agreed to pay $50 million in a cash settlement and $12.8 million to cover the cost of an earlier injunction.