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Virginia Medical Malpractice Evidence

I have spent the last month with my law partner Dan, gearing up for a malpractice trial that was supposed to start this week. The case has been post-poned for reasons beyond our control, but in preparing for the trial, I realized once again that while our civil justice system is to be admired, and…[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]

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]

Over prescribing medications for nursing home patients

We see it all the time. Someone is admitted to a long term care facility in Virginia (nursing home or assisted living) and their medications are immediately changed. Within days, the nursing staff finds some behavioral issue (falls, wandering, lack of appetite, depression, aggression, refusal to comply with staff requests) with the resident and asks…[Read More]

Caring for a disabled or elderly loved one in Virginia from out of state

I get it. I get it because I’ve been there. You have a loved one who is disabled or older and you are states away. You can’t be there to visit daily, check on home health, interview aides, complain to the nursing home administrator or tell your loved one in person they are loved. When…[Read More]

Even the federal government knows nursing homes are hurting and killing people!

So one plus of having billions of our tax dollars going to pay for Granny’s nursing home stay (Medicare pays first 100 days typically and then if Granny qualifies, Medicaid pays the remainder) is that the feds keep a close eye on their money. And last year, the feds released a four year study that…[Read More]

Criminal conviction stands for neglect in group home

In November of last year a Southside Virginia group home operator was convicted and sentenced for criminal abuse and neglect for failing to obtain sufficient medical care for an injured group home resident. The Court of Appeals in Virginia, has just upheld the court’s conviction. Often we will receive calls from family members whose loved…[Read More]