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David Fritzgerald was admitted to RHD Memorial Medical Center for routine ulcer surgery Aug. 29, 2003. Shortly after...
Gilbert Wilson was an alzheimer's patient living at Eden Home Healthcare Inc. Mr. Wilson went into the facility...
James Reinhardt, a 75-year-old dementia patient moved into a secure dementia unit at Sunrise at Mill Basin in 2002....

Recent News

A former nursing home employee said she was a witness to the abuse and neglect.
BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - A Rankin County woman is accusing a nursing home of abusing her elderly mother.
GULFPORT, Miss. -- A Gulfport woman has been arrested on charges of stealing from residents at a retirement community...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal authorities temporarily stripped Heartland of Charleston's Medicare and Medicaid...
SYDNEY -- A nurse who said he rescued patients from a fire at a nursing home was charged with murder Saturday in the...
HINDS COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A former nursing home employee will spend a year in jail after being convicted of embezzling...
SYDNEY -- An 82-year-old man has died from injuries suffered when a Sydney nursing home erupted in flames, raising the...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County jury on Friday awarded an elderly woman's family $91.5 million in damages...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Workers in an understaffed Charleston nursing home failed to properly care for an 87-year-old...
CHARLESTON -- A Kanawha County woman is suing HCR ManorCare after she claims it negligently cared for her father.
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that arbitration agreements signed by nursing home residents prior...
CHARLESTON -- A man is suing Genesis Healthcare Corporation after he claims it is responsible for his father's...
Mr. Reins has focused his career on representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.
A recent report released by the federal Government Accountability Office showed 25 of the 39 responding states reported...
CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing Harrell Memorial Nursing Home after she claims it is responsible for her mother's...
WINFIELD - A man is blaming a Putnam County nursing home and a hospital for his mother's death.
James McHugh of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, claimed arbitration placed unreasonable burdens on residents while providing...
CHARLESTON -- A man is suing 12 companies on behalf of a woman he claims suffered physical and emotional trauma while...
A woman is suing six companies, an individual and multiple unknown individuals and entities for negligence in a nursing...
A Putnam County man is suing the Teays Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Genesis Healthcare Corporation...

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Dehydration: Dehydration is one of the most common and potentially life-threatening conditions at a nursing home. When the body does not receive an adequate amount of water, this is an obvious symptom of abuse or neglect in nursing homes. Symptoms include dry, cracked lips and skin.

Weight Loss: Sudden, drastic weight loss is another sign that your loved ones are not being cared for properly.

Bedsores: Also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, bedsores are caused by prolonged pressure or rubbing on vulnerable areas of the body. These types of injuries are not normal and can be prevented. Bedsores often occur when a person has not been properly turned, cared for or given enough water, and are a key sign that someone has been abused or neglected.

Broken Bones: Multiple broken bones are a sign that facility staff are being careless when they move your loved one.  Some residents may have specific orders on how they are supposed to be moved. If the staff does not correctly follow mobility orders it can results in spills and falls that break residents' fragile bones.

Behavioral Changes: Has your loved one become unusually upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn, or non-communicative? Does he or she act differently when a particular staff member is around? Has an unusual behavior, such as rocking in bed or thumb-sucking developed? If so, you may be witnessing the effects of emotional and/or physical abuse. Sometimes residents won't tell you what is happening to them for fear of retaliation by facility staff, so it is important to pay attention to how your loved one responds to the nursing home environment.

Unsanitary Conditions: You expect your loved one to reside in a clean, healthy environment. If you discover that your loved one has been lying in his or her waste, this is a sign of neglect. It may not be obvious, so discrete examination of undergarments and skin to see if they are soiled may be necessary.

Malnutrition: Malnutrition is more than just not getting enough to eat. It also can mean not getting enough vitamins and minerals in food or not being able to process food after eating. The nursing home should make sure your loved one is being properly fed, and are expected to help assist those who cannot feed themselves.