Man Requiring 24-Hour Care Suffers Neglect in Nursing Home

The family of a 54-year-old man diagnosed with spina bifida claims that he was a victim of abuse and neglect at his nursing home. The man was a resident of the nursing home and required 24 hour care due to his medical condition.

On July 5, 2008, the man was transferred to the hospital due to a high fever. Hospital staff filed a report of suspected abuse and neglect with the State Department of Human Services after observing his condition. The suit says the man arrived with "large amount of stool around (him) with a colostomy bag that had exploded and had severe decubitus ulcers"-- bedsores -- "that were covered by an old dressing covered by stool. He had a fever of 107 degrees with apparently no anti-fever medication being given to him at the nursing home prior to his arrival," the suit alleges.

The nursing home administrator said the nursing home does not comment on pending litigation. He did add, "We will vigorously defend against any and all claims." 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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