Virginia: Nursing Homes – a Lawyer’s Whistle-Blowers

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Trial is the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), of which Mr. Waterman has been a member for decades. Trial’s April 2013 issue marquees “False Claims for Unrendered Nursing Home Care” under its Verdicts and Settlements. Id. at 8.

The AAJ article reports how two former nursing home staff members successfully maintained a special case – qui tam lawsuit – against their former employer and facility owner, being awarded $28,110,000.00 by an Illinois jury. Their lawsuit exposed that the nursing home’s “owner was siphoning money received from Medicare and Medicaid and using it for his own purposes instead of patient care,” causing “patients to suffer infections, skin disorders, and deprivation of required medical care,” including “excessive pressure sores,… a scabies epidemic, and…inadequate attention to their personal hygiene, among other abuses”. Id.