I am one of only a dozen Virginia patient advocates honored in the inaugural “Medical Malpractice” section listing of The Best Lawyers in America in 2007, have been named every single year since then, and still remain the only Peninsula lawyer named. In 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020, I was voted “Lawyer of the Year” by my peers in Best Lawyers’ Medical Malpractice for Southeast Virginia.
I have handled numerous nursing home cases across Hampton Roads, from Williamsburg to Gloucester to Newport News, with favorable settlements. I also have obtained a favorable jury award in Hampton for the wrongful death of a nursing home patient due to neglect by her primary care physician, whose medical license ultimately was revoked.
All of my pending nursing home cases involve resident deaths. They feature falls and pressure wounds.
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other nursing care entities, including home health services, owe patients duties of care similar to those of hospitals and other medical centers. If their healthcare is not reasonably prudent and skillful and causes catastrophic injury, the institution, nurses and sometimes doctors can be held liable.
Unfortunately, some patients are little more than “warehoused” through such institutions. They become victims of patient falls, pressure wounds, systemic infections, malnutrition, dehydration, assault, battery, and other neglect.