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Nursing Home Abuse in Virginia

Virginia Woman in Critical Condition After Nursing Home Abuse

April 6, 2012

An elderly female resident at a Suffolk, Virginia nursing home is in critical condition after being attacked by a 42-year-old man. The man, also a resident at the facility, has been arrested and charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

The nursing home abuse took place at Oakwood Assisted Living Facility sometime before 6:30 p.m yesterday evening. The 92-year-old woman sustained severe facial injuries in the attack and had to be taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she is in critical condition.

The attacker is being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.

When a nursing home resident is attacked by another resident, the nursing home may be at fault for not taking the proper precautions to protect residents from other potentially dangerous residents.

Any situation involving nursing home abuse can be quite complicated and we recommend you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to make sure the situation is handled properly.


Virginia Nursing Home Failed to Report Sexual Nursing Home Abuse

August 16, 2012

A Virginia nursing home is accused of not reporting the sexual abuse of two female residents by a male nurse’s aide.

The sexual nursing home abuse allegedly occurred at Envoy Nursing Home in Staunton, Virginia starting last January. A 53-year-old and 43-year-old female resident both say a nurse’s aide sexually assaulted them. Police did not find out about the abuse until a family member of an alleged victim came forward.

Police say the nursing home administrator knew about the abuse allegations but did not report the incident to police. The administrator is now facing a civil charge for failing to properly report the accusation.

The 47-year-old man accused of the abuse is out of jail on bond but faces aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor sexual battery charges.

This tragic story highlights the need for family and loved ones of nursing home residents to be vigilant in noticing the sign of nursing home abuse and reporting any suspicions of abuse or neglect to the police immediately. Unfortunately, nursing home administrators and staff do not always have your loved ones best interest in mind.

Contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer is also a great way to ensure justice is served for any negligence on the part of the nursing home.


Virginia LPN Sentenced for Drug Theft Nursing Home Abuse

October 22nd, 2010

A woman was sentenced to two years in prison fornursing home abuse involving stealing painkillers from a patient at Holston Manor Nursing Home in Virginia.

The drug addicted licensed practical nurse deprived a patient of prescribed extended release pain medication for a 24-hour period in July 2009.

Dr. Robert Lee, medical director at Holston Manor, told investigators that “in his medical opinion [the patient] would have been in pain.”

The LPN told investigators about her history of stealing medication from nursing jobs as well as becoming addicted to painkillers after having surgery.

While going through a divorce and after the death of her mother she told investigators “I started taking medications to stop the [emotional] pain that I was having.”

She said she was “using Lortab and Percocet very heavily,” and that she needed them “just to get up to go to work.”

The woman said by the end of May 2009 she was taking “muscle relaxers, Somas” and anything else “that I could get my hands on.”


Virginia Attorney General Proposes Bill Aimed at Combating Nursing Home Abuse

January 12th, 2011

Virginia’s Attorney General is proposing a bill that will allow the Attorney General’s Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Elderly Abuse Unit access to ALL records from nursing homes being investigated for abuse or neglect. Under current law, the Attorney General’s office can only look at records of Medicare and Medicaid patients becuase they are supported by government money.

If the proposed legislation is put into law, access to all nursing home records will allow investigators to see if their is a pattern of abuse at certain nursing homes.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says reviewing medical records is key to uncovering suspected nursing home abuse and neglect.

“There’s this gaping hole in terms of getting these medical records which are key to figuring out in abuse and neglect cases what’s going on. We need nurses and investigators to look at the information. What we’re seeking during this session is the ability to use subpoena power where we believe elder abuse might be taking place, so we can further analyze those records”, said Cuccinelli.

If you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home you are advised to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer. Reaching out to law firm experienced in nursing home abuse cases is key to stopping the abuse of your loved one and helping to ensure others are not abused.


Eleven Workers Charged with Nursing Home Abuse in Virginia

October 1st, 2010

Eleven employees of Potomac Center nursing home in Arlington, Virginia have been indicted for nursing home abuse, with two convictions already made.

The charges came after the FBI placed a hidden camera in long-time resident Jack Evans’ room, leading to charges ranging from nursing home neglect to forgery to assault and battery. Evans had lived at Potomac for the last seven years of his life. He was partially paralyzed, had trouble breathing, and could hardly move. His wife, Mary Kay Evans, said she complained constantly about his treatment there.

“My husband’s diaper, I would come in 12 hours later, the diaper was saturated, never been changed,” said Mrs. Evans. “His dentures were never removed and cleaned. His fingernails were long, his body was dirty. He had never been shaved.”

The Virginia State Medicaid Fraud office asked Mrs. Evans if she would allow the FBI to place a surveillance camera in her husband’s room and she agreed. The most serious charge involves a registered nurse apparently caught on camera holding a pillow over Mr. Evans’ face.

In response to the abuse and neglect, Mrs. Evans has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Potomac Center, it’s holding company Genesis Healthcare, and 35 other defendants.

“All nursing homes should have cameras. These people need protection and they’re not going to get it without the cameras,” said Mrs. Evans.


Former Head of Nursing Home Still Feeling Effects of Nursing Home Abuse Scandal

December 10, 2011

The former head of National HeathCare-Bristol nursing home in Virginia has had the license she lost after a nursing home abuse scandal reinstated but will not be working at the nursing home again. She had been working as an administrative assistant for the past year but lost her job due to budget cuts.

The former head of the facility lost her license when it was determined that she ignored complaints and did not do enough to stop the sexual abuse of four elderly residents by a male nursing aide. The former aide was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The former head of National HeathCare-Bristol ran the facility for 15 years. The sexual abuse of four residents took place for 8 years from 2000-2008.

Please get in touch with a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer if you suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in any way at a nursing home. Remember to be vigilant about the signs of nursing home abuse when you visit your loved one at his or her nursing home.