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Nursing Home Abuse

Use of Haldol for dementia / Alzheimer’s patients in nursing homes

So the FDA says the following about using Haldol for a dementia / Alzheimer’s patient in a nursing home. Read it carefully, the language is not soft but very clear:  WARNING Increased Mortality in Elderly Patients with Dementia-Related Psychosis: Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death....[Read More]

Our Seniors being over-medicated?

Ask anyone who handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases on behalf of families whether elderly patients are over-medicated, and the answer will be a resounding YES. Ask a nurse at a long term care facility whether patients are over-medicated and the answer will be NO – they need the medications to keep patients in...[Read More]

How to file a complaint about a nursing home

I am grateful we live in a country where consumers have a choice of the products and services they buy. Occasionally, you may live in a rural or remote part of the country where you only have a few choices – one car dealer, one dentist, one grocery store, one nursing home. So what do...[Read More]

Fall Risks and Plans to Prevent Falls

I posted this on our medical malpractice blog (medmalresources.com) and think it is at least as applicable for nursing home residents and their families. When a patient presents a fall risk and a nursing home or hospital knows it, it makes sense to have a plan to prevent falls. A recent case out of federal...[Read More]

Fellow Virginians: What has your experience been with the nursing home industry?

I must confess.  My law firm represents residents and their families in cases of abuse and neglect against the nursing home industry in Virginia.  We only see the bad cases involving falls, pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition, and even physical assault. Please consider this my invitation to post your experiences with nursing homes in the western...[Read More]

Fall Cases against Richfield Retirement Community

For years, we have represented victims of nursing home abuse and neglect victims throughout Western Virginia. Almost always, if the case settles, we are bound by a confidentiality clause that prohibits us to discuss the case, the outcome, etc. In yesterday’s Roanoke Times, a local Roanoke nursing home was featured, including our past cases. We...[Read More]

Falls in a Virginia nursing homes lead to death and serious injury

Take 5 minutes to listen to this very tragic but accurate report done by National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/12/01/366347840/broken-hips-preventing-a-fall-can-save-your-life. The sad fact is that falls can cause permanent injuries and death in elderly patients. In the last few years, we have represented MANY Virginia families in fall cases. Fall causes hip fracture, elderly man v. local...[Read More]