Nursing Home Lawsuit Will Go to Trial

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

April 14, 2006

A judge has decided the lawsuit accusing a Greene County nursing home of neglect will move forward.

The Virginia Department Office of Advocacy and Protection sued Evergreene Nursing home last year for allegedly neglecting its patients and now they want the facility to step up its guidelines.

In court Friday, Vopa's attorneys cited at least 84 cases of abuse between 2004 and 2005. The lawsuit claims that in one incident employees failed to give CPR to a patient because they were sleeping on the job. That patient later died.

Some of the other allegations include failing to give patients the right medicine and altering medical records. Evergreene's attorneys argued most of the allegations are false and that there have been no other problems recently.

They tried to have the case dismissed, but the judge refused and said it will go to trial. Right now, they have not set a date.

According to that lawsuit, Vopa is now moving to have the nursing home enforce stricter policies that would prevent any further abuse.

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