December 10th, 2015
An Abingdon, Virginia, care facility for the elderly is at the center of a legal controversy involving allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect. The lawsuit was filed after a former employee claimed she was wrongfully terminated for reporting incidents where policies and procedures weren’t followed.
In February, the plaintiff in the case was hired as a quality assurance nurse at the facility in question. She soon began to witness patients suffering abusive and neglectful care in addition to being aware of records being altered after a patient died. The nurse reported the incidents, but was fired from the facility in April.
The former nurse filed the suit claiming she was wrongfully terminated from her position in retaliation for her reports of misconduct. The facility has denied the claims, but this isn’t the first time the nursing home has been at the center of controversial care.
According to an article from WCYB News, the federal government ranks the facility with only one star out of five. This means the center is ranked as being “much below average” when it comes to meeting industry standards for care. Furthermore, the facility was fined more than $83,000 two years ago for undisclosed violations.
Our team at the Skolrood Law Firm believes in holding elder care facilities and their staff accountable for their actions. Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful a resolution to this case will help to improve the care Virginia’s elderly citizens receive and will bring closure to those who were affected by the incidents in question.
April 16th, 2015
Abuse and neglect of the elderly living in long-term care facilities is a rampant problem across the United States, but especially here in Virginia. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates up to one third of residents in assisted living facilities will become victims of nursing home abuse or neglect this year.
Numbers like these may leave you wondering what you can do to combat this problem. Reporting any suspected abuse or neglect is a good first step. A thorough investigation can then be launched into the incident to determine if there was any wrongdoing.
An Abington, Virginia, nursing home is currently at the center of such an investigation after an anonymous tip led law enforcement and the Virginia Department of Health Services (VDHS) to believe that the death of a patient at the facility may have been avoidable.
An article from WJHL News says that the resident passed away on April 3. Over a week later, both the Abington Police Department and the VDHS began looking into the matter. While no information or conclusions from the investigation have been made public, information has come to light that this isn’t the first time the facility has been investigated for an incident where a patient was harmed.
Documents show that in 2013, the facility was cited for hiring employees with a history of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of patients. Furthermore, the nursing home did not report or investigate potential cases of abuse or neglect while also failing to establish policies that prohibit such behavior.
One of the only ways to enforce accountability for medical and support staff at nursing homes is to investigate all possible instances of nursing home abuse or neglect. Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm send their condolences to the family of the victim. The investigation won’t bring their loved one back, but hopefully, the results of the investigation will help protect the safety of residents at the Abington facility and ensure that anyone responsible for wrongdoing is held accountable for their actions.
December 11th, 2014
Nursing homes are supposed to be a place where our loved can receive safe and reliable treatment. However, residents of these facilities can often be victims of abuse and neglect. In fact, estimates show that as many as one of every three elderly Americans will be abused this year.
The four most commonly reported types of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical Abuse– This can include any type of harmful contact between a caregiver and a patient, such as hitting, punching, kicking, pushing, or dropping a patient.
- Verbal Abuse– Any words used to threaten, intimidate, or scare a patient can be considered verbal abuse. WWBT News reports this type of abuse was recently reported at a facility in Waverly, Virginia.
- Neglect– A result of nursing staff negligence, neglect is most often characterized by pressure-related ulcers—known as bedsores—which develop on a patient’s body due to lack of movement.
- Sexual Abuse– Sexual abuse occurs when there is unwanted sexual contact between a patient and caregiver. This can range from inappropriate touching to non-consensual intercourse.
If you suspect a loved one has been the victim of any type of abuse, the first step to take is to report the incident to nursing home management and the proper authorities. The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm explain it may also be wise to discuss your situation with a qualified attorney. We’re available anytime—day or night—to answer your questions, so call us at (866) 215-8065 to learn more about how we can help your loved one.
April 17th, 2014
It is estimated that roughly one-third of all individuals living in long-term care facilities will become the victims of nursing home abuse or neglect over the course of the next year. One of the most common forms of abuse and negligence that is reported though are errors made in the medications that are given to patients.
In fact, one drug distribution company recently reached a settlement with the U.S. federal government in regards to hundreds of instances where they failed to procure a prescription before distributing schedule II drugs to patients. An article from WSLS 10 News explains the violations occurred over the time stretching from May 2008 to July 2009.
Reports indicate the company, PharMerica Corporation, fills prescriptions for patients living in long-term care facilities. During an investigation by the DEA Diversion Task Force though, the company was found to have given schedule II medications to patients without a prescription a total of 228 times, accounting for 3 percent of all the schedule II drugs they distributed.
For the violations, the company has ben ordered to pay $213,283.00 in damages, which breaks down to less than $1,000.00 per incident.
The Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm are here to protect the rights of nursing home residents and their families. To learn more about what legal options may be available for those harmed by medication errors at nursing homes, call us at 866-215-8065.