Virginia Nursing Home Owner Guilty Of Patient Abuse
May 10, 2012
Research shows that 2.1 million elderly Americans suffer from abuse or neglect each year. Furthermore, for every case of neglect and abuse that goes unreported to the law, there may be as many as five other cases that are not identified.
One Martinsville, Virginia, nursing home owner will pay the price for his part in perpetuating this problem after he was found guilty today of abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult that resulted in death. According to an article released by WSLS 10 News, the man will now face a sentence of five years in prison when sentenced later this year in October.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred in February of last year at a group home for adults that resulted in a 57-year-old Parkinson’s Patient being severely burned. Court documents and testimony show that the man was left in a bathtub with scalding water that left the man with second and third-degree burns over a large portion of his body.
Caretakers failed to give the man proper treatment or take him to a hospital under the direct order of the group home’s owner. Roughly two weeks later the patient died from Sepsis and secondary infection stemming from the wounds.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm say that the best way to prevent Nursing Home Neglect from occurring to your loved one is to remain active in their care. Ask plenty of questions to caretakers and doctors to better understand and to ensure that your loved one gets the care they need.