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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Fewer Transfers = More Profit ?

I recently wrote in our medical malpractice blog about how the focus on profitability in long-term acute care hospitals may affect discharge dates for patients.  Long-term acute care hospitals may be the step just before long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, so I have included that content below: Most of us take for granted that…[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]

Fellow Virginians: What has your experience been with the nursing home industry?

I must confess.  My law firm represents residents and their families in cases of abuse and neglect against the nursing home industry in Virginia.  We only see the bad cases involving falls, pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition, and even physical assault. Please consider this my invitation to post your experiences with nursing homes in the western…[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]

Falls in a Virginia nursing homes lead to death and serious injury

Take 5 minutes to listen to this very tragic but accurate report done by National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/01/366347840/broken-hips-preventing-a-fall-can-save-your-life. The sad fact is that falls can cause permanent injuries and death in elderly patients. In the last few years, we have represented MANY Virginia families in fall cases. Fall causes hip fracture, elderly man v. local…[Read More]