ARE VIRGINIA NURSING HOMES IGNORING SEXUAL ABUSE?

You would hope not…but that appears to be the case according to a recent report from the Bristol Herald Courier.

The story comes our way over some tragic events which occurred at the National Health Care facility located in Bristol, Virginia. The accusations surround two current NHC-Bristol staff members and a former nursing director. The accusations detail a series of assaults already attributed in court documents to ex-nursing aide James Wright. Wright is now awaiting a May 14 sentencing for the aggravated sexual battery of four former NHC patients.

The nursing home’s administrator, Charlotte Wilson, is accused of failing to investigate reports of sexual assault on 12 patients from 2000 until 2008. She also is accused of neglecting to pass the reports on to the patients’ doctors, or to Adult Protective Services. Finally, Wilson is accused of setting up a chain of command that led to a dead end for reports of abuse, while also circumventing state law.

My Take: If proven, Mrs. Wilson should lose her license to serve as a Nursing Home Administrator. We need better people to protect the elderly.

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.