Civil and Criminal Lawsuits Pending Against Care Facility for Elderly

A criminal investigation into an eight-bed residential care facility for the elderly is ongoing after one resident died and two were hospitalized, according to authorities. The owners of the  facility had their license to run a care  facility revoked Jan. 8, 2010, by the Department of Social Services.

The state's claims that the couple failed to transfer residents who needed skilled nursing care to treat severe bed sores and falsified information about care provided to residents. The police are also currently working on a criminal case against the couple with claims of both financial and physical abuse.

Once resident's family filed a civil suit following their loved one's death on Jan. 2, 2010. They claim that neglect led to the amputation of the resident's left leg above the knee and ultimately his death. The resident had lived at the center from Feb. 9, 2009, until the day he was taken to the hospital, June 30, 2009. The lawsuit states that when he arrived at the hospital, he had one bed sore that exposed the bone, and was dirty and had ants crawling on him. The state's accusation also states he was dehydrated, malnourished and had poor hygiene.

In the state's criminal case against the facility, another resident is mentioned as arriving at a hospital on Aug. 18, 2009, suffering from dehydration, sepsis from a urinary tract infection and eight bed sores that exposed muscle or bone. That resident died three days later from the urinary tract infection. State officials also claim that the couple did not report the death of the resident, as is required by law. They also claimed the resident had been seen by a physician in the two weeks prior to death, but an investigation revealed it had been more than one year since that resident had seen a physician. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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