Importance of EAP Training; Jury awards $41.55M in case that inspired ‘Kari’s Law’

According to a June 22, 2018 Longview News-Journal article, a 12-person jury in the wrongful death civil case of Kari Hunt Dunn, who was fatally stabbed at the Baymont Inn in Marshall by her husband in December 2013, awarded her family $41.55 million in damages on Friday. The hotel owner, OM Lodging LLC, was sued because the family claimed the company failed to train their employees on how to respond to an emergency. Co-counsel for the plaintiffs stated that emergency situations such as strokes, heart attacks or even diabetic comas occur all the time at lodging establishments, and plans need to be in place to direct employees on how to respond to emergencies. The family’s attorneys, argued that Kari’s chances of survival would’ve been great had she received emergency medical intervention sooner, but that the hotel failed in its obligation to reasonably render aid. Since Kari’s death, the family has also worked to correct difficulties with dialing 9-1-1 from businesses. Because of Hunt’s efforts, states enacted Kari’s Law, named after his daughter, and President Donald Trump also signed it into federal law in February. The law requires that all businesses enable direct-dial access to 9-1-1, so no one will have to experience the struggle Kari’s daughter faced as she tried to call for help. Click HERE to read entire article.

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