Nursing Home Files Bankruptcy to Avoid Paying Family of Abused and Neglected Resident

After the operator of a nursing home was found guilty last week of abusing an elderly resident, the facility declared bankruptcy. The jury returned the verdict that would have led to millions in damages, but that is when the attorney for the facility advised the court they had filed bankruptcy.

The attorney for the plaintiff claims that the facility tried to stave off a lawsuit by repeatedly pronouncing that they were uninsured. In addition, the plaintiff's council says they have been tracking the facilities finances for several months and believes they are fraudulently syphoning money into a shell corporation.

The lawsuit was was filed after the death of a female resident on March 16, 2006, was referred by an investigator to the coroner's office as a suspicious death. The coroner found her death to be caused by infection of accumulated pressure sores (aka bed sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, decubitus ulcers).

The resident, during her admission at the nursing home, developed more than 10 pressure sores on her toes, hips, lower buttocks, inner thighs, inner buttocks, and coccyx, with more than half of them Stage IV pressure sores. Many of the sores were found to be infected with MRSA. The sores were not disclosed to the woman's family and signs of malnutrition and dehydration were also never discussed with the family.

When her family discovered her medical condition in January of 2006, they pleaded with the facility to have her sent to the hospital. While the resident was in the hospital, her nursing home medical records were rewritten and adapted to cover the lack of care she had received. 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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