December 27, 2012
According to a recent numbers and statistics provided by the U.S. Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the top five nursing home fines went to the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
According to reports, the Unihealth Post-Acute Care in South Carolina has paid a total of $737,000, making it the top paying nursing home for fines. In second, Cobb County’s Cobb Health Care Center in Georgia has paid a total of $592,000, followed closely by Kentucky’s Princeton Health & Rehab Center Inc., which has paid $560,000 in fines. North Carolina’s Universal Health Care has paid $547,000 in fines, while Tennessee’s Bristol Nursing Home has paid $525,000.
According to ProPublica, an investigative journalism group that has been performing research on nursing home abuse in America, most fines have stemmed from nursing home abuse, neglect, inadequate medical care, improper cleaning and hygiene by the nursing home staff, and theft.
Victims, fortunately, have recourse. In each of the top five states cited, laws mandate that victims have the option of retaining a nursing home abuse attorney and filing for personal injury damages.