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Court dismisses nursing home head from negligence suit

By: 2 March 2012 No Comment

The estate of Minnie Valentine — a woman who died after allegedly receiving inadequate care at a Little Rock nursing home in 2004 — won a $10 million verdict in a negligence suit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court against the nursing home, entities involved in running it and the head of the facility.

In a Feb. 23 Arkansas Supreme Court decision, Donald B. Bedell was dismissed from the case on appeal. Bedell was either president or a member of the board of directors for Arkansas Health Care Management, Care Options and Heartland Personnel Leasing. All of those companies were involved in running Little Rock Health Care and Rehab, the nursing home in which Valentine was allegedly a victim of negligence. The Pulaski County court found that Bedell owed a personal duty to Valentine, was negligent in meeting that duty and assessed a combined amount of $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages against the nursing home head.

The Arkansas Supreme Court disagreed, finding no duty was owed to Valentine by Bedell as he was not personally involved in her care. You can read the story about the case at

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