Feb 4 2008
03:16 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Anyone with a relative in a nursing home might be interested in this one.

Guess who's trying to make it hard to sue Nursing homes?

"The average annual cost of items like liability insurance, legal services and other liability-related issues is now $500,000 per Tennessee nursing home - enough to hire and pay for 10 new nurses," said Steve Flatt, senior vice president of development for National Healthcare Corp., an operator of several Tennessee nursing homes.

And if the name National Healthcare Corp. rings a bell, it's probably because of the tragic nursing home fire at one of their facilities in Nashville that claimed sixteen lives. The deaths resulted in more than 30 lawsuits.

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