August 27, 2012
A study conducted by the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States—5,283 facilities—were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse over a recent two-year period.
One such case of Norfolk nursing home abuse has come out of a facility in Staunton after allegations of sexual assault on a resident surfaced. According to the News Leader, the allegations came after an inspection by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) found numerous cases of safety violations and staff negligence.
Documents show that 47-year-old staff member sexually assaulted a 53-year old patient when he inappropriately touched her in May. Since then, a 43-year-old female patient has also come forward saying the same staff member assaulted her.
The man has been fired and charged in connection with the incident, along with a hospital administrator who failed to report the abuse. Another staff member could also be charged in connection to the incidents.
The findings came after the VDH cited negligence on the part of staff for such violations as medication errors and infection risks to patients.
The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say that there is no excuse for elderly folks living in these types of facilities to be treated without the upmost respect and care and are here to help you if your loved one has been injured by another person’s neglect.