One of the most frequent claims I hear from nursing homes and hospitals concerning pending litigation is how the lawsuits are simply isolated events and are not really indicative of the type of care that they provide to their patients.
While such claims may indeed be very true at some facilities, the reality remains that rarely do facilities have their inferior care targeted upon one patient. Rather, I tend to see patterns of poor care and mistakes scattered amongst multiple patients at a facility.
I recently read an disturbing article concerning the history of dangerous care provided to patients at Heartland of Charleston Nursing Home in West Virginia. The facility (which happens to be part of nursing home giant ManorCare) has received a good deal of negative publicity in the past few months after the family of a neglected patient received a monumental $90.5 million verdict in compensatory and punitive damages for the dehydration death of their loved one.