Trial Against Nursing Home Underway After Resident Died Following Neglect Related Decline

Trial is underway today for the family of a nursing home resident who died in 2008 due to nursing home neglect. The family asserts that the elderly woman was not cared for properly at the facility. While at the facility, the woman suffered from pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition, sepsis, and a maggot infestation. Within months of moving into the facility, the woman passed away.

Opening arguments began today in the trial against the nursing home and its management company. The trial is expected to last roughly two weeks. According to court documents, the facility will call several witnesses to attempt to say that the woman died from her declining health rather then neglect. The attorney facility also plans to argue that because the woman was in a persistent vegetative state after suffering a brain injury, she did not experience any pain and suffering. The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. 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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