Falsification of Medical Records Seen Often in Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Facilities

A man has sued a nursing home where his wife was a resident after she died from severe bed sores . His wife was admitted to the facility for rehab after becoming sick with pneumonia. She died 13 days later. The husband is alleging that the medical charts lied about his wife's treatment. A supervisor at the home has admitted under oath that she was ordered to alter the medical records of a different patient, who died after developing massive, rotting bedsores (also know as decubitus ulcers, decubitus sores, pressure ulcers, and pressure sores) at the facility. The man's lawsuit has caused regulators to pay attention to the practice of falsifying medical records in nursing home and long term care facilities.

For state licensing workers, detecting falsified records is time-consuming and difficult to prove, officials say. Despite claims by attorneys and elder-care advocates that paperwork fraud runs deep they are very seldom pursued. For more, read the story. 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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