Court Ruled That Nursing Home Resident's Fall Contributed to Her Death

According to the StarTribune a 91-year-old nursing home resident has died after a  fall that occurred when the aide leading her to the bathroom "panicked." The fall, which occurred April 11 was solely the fault of the aide, the Health Department concluded. The resident was bedridden for the next several weeks after she fell backwards and died May 18, said the resident daughter.

According to the state report, the aide left the resident standing alone in the middle of the room to move the residents roommate out of the bathroom entryway. When the woman was left alone, she fell backwards. She was hospitalized with a fracture in her back and a minor head injury. She died of pneumonia with the fall listed as a contributing factor.

The home suspended the employee and retrained staff members on how to properly follow a resident's care plan. The woman's daughter said that her mother was of sound mind before the fall, and she is convinced that had the fall not occurred, her mother would still be living. 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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