Family members in West Virginia often assume nursing homes will provide safe, reliable care when senior loved ones need it. Unfortunately, there are too many instances where lack of skilled medical care results in or contributes to loss of life. According to one study, approximately 100,000 of the 250,000 deaths attributed to medical mistakes in the United States each year are related to insufficient staffing.
A woman in a nursing facility in Arizona delivered a baby on Dec. 29. She has been in a vegetative state for over 20 years and unable to get out of her bed. Officials are treating the incident as a sexual assault since there wasn't a way that the woman could have consented to interaction with another person to get pregnant. The CEO of the nursing facility resigned from his position a few days after the investigation was launched. The woman's family is seeking the assistance of an attorney.
It takes about an hour and a half to drive from Morgantown to Wheeling. One of its more than 30,000 residents recently suffered a legal setback when the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals denied her request to have her name removed from the Nurse Aide Abuse Registry.