The Estate of a Former Judge Sues Nursing Home on Allegations of Neglect

The family of a retired judge has accused one nursing home of neglect.  The family alleges that the nursing home refused to give him a diabetic menu and frequently missed giving him required insulin shots.

"He had diabetes that was supposed to be controlled," said a lawyer and longtime friend of the man. "They kept screwing up. ... They killed him."

The resident who had spent 17 years on the Civil Court bench died at 83 in February 2008 after collapsing in a elevator at the nursing home. The man's nephew, who is managing his estate, said he noticed signs of a decline in his uncle's health shortly after he moved into the nursing home. The nephew also said he and a cousin pleaded with the court guardianship program to let him move into one of their homes, but were turned down. "The justice system that he served let him down. It's been devastating."

The former judges nephew is convinced that the poor care he received advanced the mans death. He also said that his uncle was a health nut who never drank or smoked and went to bed every night at 8 o'clock. For more, read the story.

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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.