Patience Wears Thin With State Investigations Of Nursing Home Care

A state health department is under fire for its slow response time to complaints regarding negligence and abuse in nursing home healthcare. Cases remain open for years before receiving a response or a ruling. Lawsuits are being filed and ruled in the plaintiff’s favor, while years later, the review is still underway by the health department.

This concern was raised by a woman whose mother died from a pressure ulcer that went untreated for so long, the wound revealed exposure to the bone. The daughter filed a lawsuit and an arbitrator ruled in her favor for more than a half million dollars. “The documentation presented in this case reflects a complete failure of the nursing staff to comply with their own guidelines,” he wrote. However, the daughter of the deceased woman has yet to hear of a completed investigation by the state health department.  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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