Coroner Investigates Patient Who was Found Dead in Nursing Home Many Hours After Death

The County Coroner has opened an investigation into the death of a nursing home patient who died unexpectedly last month. The patient, 58, had been at the facility for three months. According to officials, the man had been dead for several hours when staff at the facility found him in  a state of full rigor mortis.

Rigor morits, caused by chemical changes in the muscles after death, usually takes 6-12 hours to take full effect. The patient's family has asked for an autopsy and hired an attorney to assist in their search for answers. The family's attorney said they are interested in finding out if the man suffered any trauma to the head before his death. 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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