Coroner Receives Grant to Spot-Check Nursing Home Deaths For Signs of Neglect

A coroner in one state has received a grant to allow spot checking of nursing home deaths. The coroner hopes to cut down on neglect by raising the level of accountability of the nursing homes. The coroner was prompted to seek the grant after hearing of a tragic neglect related death while attending a conference. The coroner said, it is important to know that someone is watching when we trust our loved ones to the care of others.

Before the grant, the coroner only received reports of deaths at nursing homes. Now, he has will be able to investigate any of these deaths.  The coroner will look at the cause of death, previous injuries, bruising, and medications dispensed around the time of death. The coroner has only seen a few neglect related deaths in recent years, however, he hopes the spot checks will prevent the occurrence of further neglect deaths. 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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