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Researcher Finds Understaffing, Poor Work Conditions Can Lead to Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

That’s right.  You heard it here first!  Breaking news! I recently ran across an article which reported on a researcher’s effort to determine the causes elder abuse in nursing homes. The researcher, Carolyn Pickering, spoke with the first line care givers at nursing homes, the nursing aids, and she learned that understaffing (too many residents for too few…[Read More]

Virginia nursing home wound care negligence

  I was meeting with a family this week and they mentioned home health had been giving their loved one care for months when he developed two heel ulcers. They went on to explain that home health never mentioned the ulcers, told the doctors about the ulcers, or explained what had happened to the patient. …[Read More]

Criminal charges in Virginia nursing home abuse / neglect cases

I just read a local news story from Abingdon Virginia where police are investigating the death of an elderly patient of Grace Health Care of Abingdon, a nursing home and long term care facility in Washington County. Though very little is known at this time about the patient, her death, the possible cause or suspected…[Read More]

How to file a complaint about a nursing home

I am grateful we live in a country where consumers have a choice of the products and services they buy. Occasionally, you may live in a rural or remote part of the country where you only have a few choices – one car dealer, one dentist, one grocery store, one nursing home. So what do…[Read More]

Why Medicare Ratings for Nursing Homes matter

Would you eat at a restaurant the local health department has rated a D in food safety? Probably not knowingly. So why then, do families place their loved ones in facilities that Medicare has openly rated a 1 out of 5 stars on patient safety? Hopefully, families don’t do this knowingly. They sadly didn’t realize…[Read More]

Southern Judge faces jail time in bribery from large nursing home after jury finds nursing home liable

A little background. In the criminal justice system – the jury is asked to render their decision based upon the preponderance of the evidence, meaning, they are sure someone committed the crime. Our civil justice system has a lower burden of proof. the plaintiff must prove that someone was negligent, or owed them money, or…[Read More]

Why not all neglect meets the high standard for filing a lawsuit

I had to tell a loving family member today that she didn’t have a lawsuit against a local nursing facility on her Father’s behalf. Though mistakes had been made, and the potential for harm existed, thankfully, their loved one was not injured, and under Virginia law, a claim or lawsuit alleging neglect would not be…[Read More]

Hate to say I told you so – Falls / Overmedication in Virginia Nursing Homes

It seems National Public Radio is digging in to America’s long term care industry and examining issues of patient safety and care. Last week they did a feature on falls. Yesterday this great feature aired about the use of anti-psychotic medications in elderly patients. Medications that the FDA warns should not be used in such…[Read More]

Fall Cases against Richfield Retirement Community

For years, we have represented victims of nursing home abuse and neglect victims throughout Western Virginia. Almost always, if the case settles, we are bound by a confidentiality clause that prohibits us to discuss the case, the outcome, etc. In yesterday’s Roanoke Times, a local Roanoke nursing home was featured, including our past cases. We…[Read More]