Three former employees of one nursing home have sued the facility and its parent company alleging they were fired for reporting patient abuse and neglect. The three, who were employed as certified nursing aides (CNA's), were involved in a state investigation into the discovery of maggots in a patient’s genital area last summer, the lawsuit states.
One was fired after filing a complaint after a patient’s suffered a fall. Two others were fired after they and the employee who filed the original complaint told state investigators about the discovery of the maggots on one patient, the lawsuit claims. The complaint also claims the nursing home tried to prevent employees from participating in the investigation into the maggot discovery by suspending them while it was under way, then firing them. The results of the investigation found several serious care issues, including that the facility failed to provide appropriate hygiene and catheter care to a resident whose genital area became infested with maggots. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Thu, January 5, 2012
by Kristie Pierce