Nursing Home Sued for $2 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In recent news that our Washington D.C. nursing home injury attorneys have been following, a lawsuit has been filed against health care workers at a Northern Virginia nursing home, accusing the workers and home of wrongful death.

According to the lawsuit, Mary Ellen Hillyard became a resident of Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation in June of 2008. In September of 2008, Hillyard reportedly suffered a massive hemorrhage and died, due to blood-thinning drugs that health care workers allegedly administered.

Evergreen is operated and managed by Pinnacle Services Winchester Inc, and the facility is owned by Long Term Care Properties (LTC) Inc. The complaint states that while Hillyard was a resident of the home, the employees of the nursing facility were negligent in their duty to administer standard nursing home care, by giving Hillyard duplicate and contraindicated blood thinning medications, including Coumadin, Plavix and aspirin, that together caused her to suffer the massive hemorrhage which reportedly causing her death.

Charles L. McDaniel, the executor of Hillyard’s estate is suing Pinnacle and LTC, as well as doctors David Epstein and Lewis A. Rogatnick for wrongful death. McDaniel claims in the suit that the firms and doctors had a duty to comply with Hillyard’s minimum standard of care, as they claimed they could provide a qualified physician with properly supervised nursing home staff that was adequately trained to meet her healthcare needs.

The doctors are also being accused of neglecting their duty by failing to review her medications and lab results properly, before ordering the administration of the three blood thinning medications that allegedly caused her massive hemorrhage, leading to her wrongful death. McDaniel is seeking $2 million in compensatory damages and has asked for a jury trial.

Our attorneys at Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC support the rights for Washington D.C. nursing home residents to receive excellent care in a nursing home environment that improves and maintains the quality of a resident’s mental and physical health, and is free from negligence that can result in injury or wrongful death. Contact us today.

City Nursing Home Faces $2M Lawsuit, The Northern Virginia Daily, September 23, 2010

Related Web Resources:

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS

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