Nursing Homes Resort To Seizing Patients For Bill Collection Purposes

In an effort to collect nursing home bills, nursing home facilities have resorted to seizing patients from their families. Paperwork is provided to family members seeking guardianship and management of finances for the individual. In a recent study, twelve percent of the guardianship cases from a random population of 700 over the last ten years were filed by nursing homes.  Lawyers that know the cases say it is ultimately a bill collection effort. A former nursing home worker said, “It’s a strategic move to intimidate. Nursing homes do it just to bring money.”

In a recent case, the Supreme Court justice had this to say regarding his decision, “It would be an understatement to declare that this court is outraged by the behavior exhibited by the interested parties—parties who were supposed to protect the person, but who have all unabashedly demonstrated through their actions in connection with the person that they are only interested in getting paid.” 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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