NURSING HOMES & BUGS 150 150 Lauren Ellerman

A Nursing home under Virginia law, is a medical provider. This means the facility (and by extension its staff) owes the residents of the facility, certain legal duties. There is not an exact list of duties, but basically they must take care of, protect and treat your loved one’s needs.

This also means they owe a duty to keep the facility in good condition – clean, and bug free. Notwithstanding, we have seen and know of cases where the following occurred:

– Fire Ants biting nursing home residents
– Maggots found inside resident wounds
– Bed bugs found in resident beds

There is no excuse for any of the above, but it continues to happen.

If your family learns that these insects, bugs, critters etc – are inhabiting the bed, body or room of your loved one, you need to take swift action.

Call Frith law firm – we have handled bed bug cases, maggot cases and sadly know a good bit about the spread of these terrible bugs.

Photo credit to WEBMD – link to their website and discussion of Bed Bugs here.

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Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at

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