Lawyer Resources for Alabama

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Woodley Manor Health and Rehab Center Victims Obtain Monetary Recovery

Both the State of Alabama and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conduct routine investigations, inspections, and surveys of every nursing facility statewide. Their efforts identify minor to severe violations and deficiencies that require prompt corrections and adjustments. When the deficiencies are found, the nursing home investigators review the policies and procedures at the facility to show evidence why citation and monetary fines should be issued.

Even though the nursing homes with deficiencies are forced to re-educate the nursing staff and adjust policies and procedures, in some cases, the underlying problems are too great to make permanent improvements.

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Repeated-Episodes-Of-Abuse-Reported-At-Assisted-Living-FacilityIt is always upsetting to hear of elder abuse and neglect, especially in facilities that are being paid to care and protect the elderly. State officials cited a facility in Hazel Green, Alabama called Agape Village for several serious violations in September 2012. The home was found to have repeated patterns of abuse, neglect and other problems that put their residents at risk.

Abusive Environment

Agape Village had many issues that were putting the patients within the facility in danger of both abuse and injury. During the state inspection, a tale of unchecked abuse and neglect began to unfold. Some of the incidents that were contained in the state report were:

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Veterans Nursing HomeOn December 18th, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, released a 45-page report relating to numerous conditions and practices that violate the ‘constitutional and federal statutory rights’  of the residents at the William F. Green Veterans Home.  The report follows an inspection, interviews and document review by officials of the Alabama Veterans Home.  The  federal report, authored by acting Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker, concludes resident sat the facility ‘suffer significant harm and risk of harm from the facility’s inadequate medical and nursing services.’

In particular, the report identifies the following problems relating to improper patient care:

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Credit Card Fraud in Nursing HomeA former employee at the Crown Healthcare Nursing Home in Mobile, Alabama recently plead guilty to first-degree theft.  The former nursing home worker used the nursing home’s credit card to buy $14,373 in personal purchases from Sam’s Wholesale Club.  From June, 2005 through May, 2007 the nursing home worker bought gas, tires, a washing machine and groceries for personal use as though the were purchased for the benefit of the nursing home. The employee was sentenced to two years, which was suspended, placed on probation for five years, ordered to pay full restitution and fined $500.  Learn more about the theft from an Alabama nursing home here.  I hope the residents of Crown Healthcare have double checked their bank accounts….

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