Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Criminal and Civil Actions Against Nursing Homes

Published on Sep 15, 2014 at 8:19 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

In the last few weeks, government officials have filed criminal and civil actions against nursing home companies in California and one in New York. Details from both cases are below:

Watsonville Nursing Center & Watsonville Post-Acute Center

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in California has filed civil charges against two homes in Watsonville, California. The complaint alleges the following:

  1. Staff at the homes submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for services that were “substandard” or “worthless”, and
  1. From 2007-12, staff “persistently and severely over-medicated elderly and vulnerable residents of the nursing homes.”

The complaint notes that the California Department of Public Health issued 16 citations to the homes for over-medication and poor care, after following up on the complaints.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, to conduct the investigation.

These two homes were formerly known as the County Villa homes. The Watsonville Nursing Center used to be called the Country Villa Watsonville East Nursing Center and the Watsonville Post-Acute Center used to be called the Country Villa Watconsille West Nursing and Rehab Center.

Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center, Long Island, NY

Authorities in Long Island, New York, filed criminal charges against a licensed practical nurse who administrated morphine to a patient instead of the prescribed muscle relaxant.

The nurse’s attorney said the veteran nurse simply made a mistake, saying, “Doctors and nurses make errors on occasion and I would say she’s not guilty of any intentional act.”

The problem is after what could very well be a mistake, the LPN tried to cover it up. The resident is a 46-year-old who is afflicted with spina bifida. After being given the morphine, the patient became unconscious; she was given an anti-overdose drug and had to stay in the hospital for five days.

The nurse, who worked at the Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center in Long Island, allegedly later falsified documents to cover up her mistake. The Center discovered the incident on its own and reported it to authorities.

The nurse was indicted on felony charges that included:

  • Endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person
  • Second degree endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person
  • Willful violation of the public health laws
  • First degree falsifying business records.

If convicted, she could face up to four years in prison.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

When to See a Neurologist After a Car Accident

Doctors who specialize in disorders and injuries affecting the brain, spinal cord, and surrounding muscles and nerves are referred to as neurologists. For those involved in a car accident, visiting a neurologist may not be something that is initially considered. But too many people ignore the signs that their accident caused nerve damage, a spinal […]

Read More

How Climate Change May Affect Our Roads, Highways, and the Frequency of Car Accidents

On October 7, 2021, the White House announced the release of Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans from more than 20 federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Transportation. These Climate Adaptation Plans detailed the methods that each agency’s facilities and operations would adopt in order to become increasingly resilient […]

Read More

Examining the Rise of Active Duty Military Suicides

For the past two decades, the question has been asked more and more frequently by researchers and the general public alike. Why is the suicide rate so high in the military? The Department of Defense Annual Suicide Report released in September 2021 showed an increase of 41.4% in active duty service member deaths by suicide […]

Read More