Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Patriots

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Patriots

On June 6, 2017, Mr. Waterman filed a medical malpractice suit for wrongful death, Young v. Patriots Colony, Inc, et al., No. CL-1702404B04 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia. Patriots Colony is the pricey nursing home of Riverside Health System in Williamsburg that cultivates retired military officers, federal government retirees, and their spouses/widows/widowers as its high-paying clientele.

Per Virginia Death Certificate signed by a Riverside doctor, the victim Patriots Landing resident in Young died from an “infected hip decubitus [pressure] ulcer” acquired at the expensive nursing facility about a month earlier due in substantial part to the effects of immobility and pressure. Significantly, when first noted by anyone at Patriots Landing, the ulcer already had deteriorated to an “unstageable” pressure wound that had gone unnoticed and untreated and had worsened for an unknown number of days.

Unbeknownst to the general public, the Young nursing home lawsuit marquees that by a 2014 federal/state government survey, Patriots Landing was cited for noncompliance with eleven (11) different areas of regulation, including particularly pressure sores and infection spreading. Further, a 2015 federal/state government survey cited Patriots Landing for noncompliance with eight (8) areas of regulation – and a 2016 federal/state government survey cited Patriots Landing for noncompliance with pressure sore regulation again.

Although not detailed on the Death Certificate, the victim resident of Patriots Landing in the Young wrongful death suit also simultaneously was suffering from pressure wounds to both legs, in addition to the hip – all of which had deteriorated to being “unstageable” by the time first noted/attended by staff. According to Plaintiff, Patriots Colony administration admitted to having staffing problems, including having high turnover and using temp services; and the Patriots Colony Administrator was replaced after this victim resident’s death.

Per the Young medical malpractice lawsuit, the victim resident’s care by Patriots Colony violated U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Clinical Practice Guideline for “Treatment of Pressure Ulcers”. Plaintiff seeks $2,500,000.00 in damages, including punitive or exemplary damages of $350,000.00.