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December 15th, 2010

A Nevada nursing home has settled a wrongful-death nursing home abuse lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. The two daughters of 87-year-old Dorothy Schweitzer contacted a nursing home abuse lawyer and sued Hearthstone of Northern Nevada nursing home after their mother died of severe dehydration, infection, and other health problems brought about by nursing home neglect.

The Nevada’s Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance investigated the case and determined Hearthstone’s treatment of Schweitzer caused “actual harm”. The nursing home was unable to provide documentation that Schweitzer received care from March 23, 2008, and March 27, 2008. On March 27 Schweitzer was taken to the hospital where she died.

The nursing home later showed notes that Schweitzer was entertaining guests while in reality she was dying at Northern Nevada Medical Center. Additionally, the erroneous notes showed she was being turned every two hours at the nursing home the day after she had died.

“The state has to get serious about enforcement, and the public needs to know about a nursing home’s record before they consider putting their loved one inside, said Schweitzer’s daughter, Laura Stotts.


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