Neglect Related Deaths Common at Nursing Facility for Children

A federally backed watchdog group has identified several deaths involving poor care at a troubled nursing facility for disabled children and young adults. the group has also determined that the home has been destroying evidence of medication errors.

The group, Equip for Equality, found that illnesses at the facility were improperly treated, doctors failed to return pages, lab results were ignored and internal investigations into deaths were not extensive enough. The state already has moved to close the facility following a case of deadly neglect.

Equip for Equality said it determined about 20 facility residents died since 2008, when the current operator took over. The watchdog group examined 15 of the cases, finding all of them "troublesome." Regarding the care provided to patients who died, a spokesman for the facility said the corporate medical director was reviewing all deaths that occurred within the last three years. 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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