Among Other Incidents, Heating Pad Negligence Requires Skin Grafting Results in Fines

A resident had a heating pad under her knee for what should have been 30 minutes, but ended up being 3 hours. Not only did a staff member forget to remove it, but also neglected to notify the next shift about the heating pad. The burn was damaging enough to require skin graft surgery. The home was fined by the state for negligence.

Three other homes in the same state were fined for neglect regarding injuries that included a broken hip, a broken leg, pressure ulcers, and bruises. Other incidents reports noted a staff member did not properly report a sexual assault and a resident who fell from a toilet and hit her head on a sink. The homes were all fined and mandated to retrain staff. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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