Assisted Living Center Sued After Resident's Fall went Unnoticed for Days

A wrongful-death lawsuit against an assisted living facility claims it was negligent for not realizing for days that a 79-year-old resident of its assisted living unit, had fallen and was injured. According to the lawsuit filed by the man's children, he fell on May 7 or 8, 2009, in his apartment in the complex and was not discovered until they called the office on May 10, worried that he did not answer the phone.

According to the suit, the man did not put up the "good morning" sign he was supposed to put out on his door each morning. The staff ailed to notice or act on the absence of the sign. The suit also claims that staff placed an emergency alert cord out of the resident's reach and had not noticed when he failed to sign up for meals.

The elderly man suffered a "massive deep tissue injury" and died June 15, 2009, the suit says.A spokesman for the facility said Wednesday that the agency had not yet been served with the suit and could not comment. 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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