Deaths Result in Numerous Nursing Homes Citations

Several deaths related to poor care and neglect has resulted in fines for at least nine nursing homes. The factors that contributed to the deaths range from medication errors, staffing shortages, and sexual abuse. Some of the cases involved residents dying slowly while staff was aware that there was a serious problem.

Inspectors and nursing home advocates acknowledge that nursing care facilities are dangerously understaffed and contribute to the large amount of neglect cases that are reported. Workers who bear the great responsibility of caring for the aged population are often not properly trained and left with little supervision.

State authorities initially imposed heavy fines on the nursing homes but federal regulators considerably decreased some of the fines handed down to the on the nursing homes when the homes agreed not to pursue appeals. 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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