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Nursing Home Abuse

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]

Talking about your loss, again and again.

In wrongful death cases that involve medical malpractice or negligence by nursing homes, there is one thing that stands out as the most difficult for family members – having to relive their loss over and over during the case.  Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable.  But it’s also manageable, and here are some ideas to make it more...[Read More]

Why Medicare Ratings for Nursing Homes matter

Would you eat at a restaurant the local health department has rated a D in food safety? Probably not knowingly. So why then, do families place their loved ones in facilities that Medicare has openly rated a 1 out of 5 stars on patient safety? Hopefully, families don’t do this knowingly. They sadly didn’t realize...[Read More]

Nursing Homes – summer camp? Or

I read a wonderfully positive and happy account of life in a retirement community in the New York Times today. It paints a picture of fellowship, wellness, art, music and gracious retirement living. The golden years. Imagine a couple, smiling, with a golf cart, or a delicious meal and glass of wine before them. Imagine a...[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]

Why not all neglect meets the high standard for filing a lawsuit

I had to tell a loving family member today that she didn’t have a lawsuit against a local nursing facility on her Father’s behalf. Though mistakes had been made, and the potential for harm existed, thankfully, their loved one was not injured, and under Virginia law, a claim or lawsuit alleging neglect would not be...[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]