Ketterer, Browne & Anderson handles serious injury and wrongful death cases against Regency Care of Arlington in Virginia. Below, Peter Anderson, a nursing home negligence lawyer, discusses the company and looks at nursing home negligence cases against it.
Regency Care of Arlington is a 240-bed facility that accepts funds from Medicare and Medicaid. It is owned by Regency Care of Arlington, LLC. Steven Womack and Melvin Woodward have 5% or greater direct ownership interest in the facility. The Regency Care brand is regional. There is another Regency Care in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Poor Health Inspection
Regency Care of Arlington, as of 2018, has a terrible health inspection rating. According to Medicare.gov’s <a “href=https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html?” target=”_blank”>Nursing Home Compare function, Regency Care’s Health inspection rating receives 1/5 stars. In the last governmental health inspection conducted of Regency Care, the facility was cited 8 times. The national average is approximately 5.8 citations per inspection. In the health inspection dated September 20, 2017, Regency Care was issued citations for:
• Failing to promote a clean and homelike environment
• Failing to ensure each resident receives an accurate assessment
• Failing to develop a care plan to meet a resident’s needs
• Failing to provide necessary care and services to maintain the resident’s highest well being
• Failing to prevent urinary tract infections and catheterization
• Failing to ensure that the nursing home area was free of accident hazards and risks
Complaints, Deficiencies and Fines
There are 14 complaint inspections on record for Regency Care of Arlington over just the last 3 years. Here is a snapshot of Regency Care of Arlington’s deficiency record over the last three years:
According to ProPublica.org, Regency Care of Arlington was fined $37,510.00 in 2016. During that inspection, which occurred August 4, 2016, Regency Care of Arlington received a citation for hiring someone with a history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents. According to the publicly available inspection report, a Regency Care nurse’s aide was fired for inappropriately touching a resident and saying, “nice butt.” In the same inspection, the facility was cited for failing to properly assess a resident for pressure ulcers. The facility was also cited for failing to prevent a resident from falling. Several residents fell. The governmental investigation discovered that Regency Care of Arlington failed to provide adequate supervision, failed to have fall mats by the bedside, failed to have hip pads on a resident, and other measures to prevent falling.
As of the date of this blog post, Regency Care of Arlington has very poor reviews from consumers. There are 19 Google Reviews, with the facility receiving a 1.9-star review overall.
The complaints range in severity, but several of them involve serious care issues.
Lawsuits Against Regency Care of Arlington
The last time Regency Care of Arlington was sued for nursing home negligence appears to be in December 2015, in Janic Rogers v. Genesis Healthcare LLC and Regency Care of Arlington, LLC according to the Virginia Courts Case Information website. The case was dismissed in November 2016, which could indicate that the parties reached an out-of-court settlement.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit against Regency Care of Arlington, it is important to know that Virginia medical malpractice cases are subject to Virginia’s harsh damage cap. In Virginia law, the law outlines $50,000 annual increases in medical malpractice damage caps each year until 2031 when the cap will be $ 3million. The current cap on damages is $2.35 million dollars, which includes economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
If you or a loved has been injured in Regency Care of Arlington, call Peter Anderson of Ketterer, Browne & Anderson at 855-281-2571.