Assisted Living Facility Resident Dead After Wheelchair Rolled Into Water-Filled Ditch

Officials are investigating the death of 94-year-old assisted living facility resident who died in a wheelchair accident during a facility fire drill.  The woman was injured after her wheelchair rolled down a hill outside the facility and into a ditch filled with water.

Fire and Rescue officials were called to the scene after the resident was found in the ditch by a caregiver. The emergency responders noted in their report that the woman had abrasions and cuts to her arms and legs and had water and grime on her face. The resident, who also suffered from congestive heart failure, developed pneumonia and died within days of the accident.

The elderly woman had been at the facility for about a year after breaking her hip last October. The family has decided not to take any action against the facility until the investigation is complete. 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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