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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Laws Vary by State

In Virginia, there is no law that:

  • requires a nursing home to have liability insurance
  • requires a nursing home to have a certain number of qualified staff  / per resident (staffing ratio)
  • requires a nursing home medical director to have office hours or make rounds

In other states, such laws may exist, but like many legal issues, state law varies a great deal. Which means, the rights your loved one has in one state, and they care they receive, may be very different from another.

So how do you chose a facility if each state is unique?

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Virginia Nursing Home Fall Case Settled for $200,000

Note: Every single case is unique and no case outcome is guaranteed.

Last year, I represented the most wonderful family whose mother suffered an accident at a nursing home.

She fell and broke her femur during a terrible fall. She was fortunate to partially recover with the help of her loving family, but her life will never be the same. When a nursing home and its staff allows a resident to break the strongest bone in their body, then surgery, therapy and pain are guaranteed.

Here’s what happened and how the case was resolved successfully.

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What is malpractice? Webster’s Dictionary says Malpractice is “failure of a professional person, as a physician or lawyer, to render proper services through reprehensible ignorance or negligence or through criminal intent, esp. when injury or loss follows; (2). any improper, negligent practice; misconduct or misuse.” Practically and legally speaking, malpractice in Virginia is when a…[Read More]