Mainstream Social Inclusion

October 13, 2010

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Virginia Nursing Home

Filed under: Legal — admin @ 10:00 am

The family of Mary Ellen Hillyard, a former resident of Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia who passed away two years ago, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility, accusing health care workers of negligent actions that lead to Hillyard’s death.

In June of 2008, Hillyard was rushed to a local hospital following a massive hemorrhage that occurred at the nursing home.  During her stay at the hospital, Hillyard was temporarily stabilized, but never fully recovered; her failure to make a full recovery from her medical problem is believed to be due to questionable and deady medication treatments given at the Evergreen nursing home.

It was discovered that the likely cause of the hemorrhage Hillyard suffered was medications being given by nurses and assistants at the Evergreen facility.  The medications given are potentially deadly when given at the same time, which proved to be the case with Mary Ellen Hillyard.  Anticoagulants that work in a similar manner were duplicated; these medications included Coumadin, Plavix and aspirin.

In essence, Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center did not do its duty in providing safe, competent medical care to Hillyard.  Medications must be carefully monitored, and not given haphazardly. (article by Brown Chiari, Buffalo injury attorneys)

Pinnacle Services Winchester Inc. operates and manages Evergreen.  Charles L. McDaniel, executor of Hillyard’s estate, is seeking $2 million dollars in the wrongful death lawsuit.  McDaniel is demanding a jury trial, and claims that doctors were duty-bound to review orders for the medications administered to Hillyard, and to monitor lab results so that medications could be changed in order to achieve the best therapeutic results.

Nursing homes often provide care that falls well below the required standards.  Not only are medications frequently not monitored, patients may be neglected in other ways.  Meals may not be provided on time, residents may not be turned properly resulting in bed sores, and other types of abuse often take place.  Improper and negligent care in nursing homes seems to be prevalent today, and it is simply not acceptable.

If you believe that your loved one is being neglected or abused, or even given improper medications in a nursing home, contact a reputable New York nursing home abuse and neglect attorney.

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