Department of Health Finds Nursing Home Was Negligent In Patient's Fall Related Death

Officials from the Department of Health have reported that a nursing home was negligent in the death of a resident who suffered head injuries from a fall and received no medical attention until two days later. The report recently released reveals that the facility failed to report changes in the patient's condition and did not seek timely treatment after the resident's fall.

The resident, who was a known fall risk, was hospitalize three days after the fall when she was noted to be semi-responsive. She died shortly thereafter, with the fall listed as a cause of death. According to the report, the facility did not have a registered nurse available for aides to call in the event of a change in condition occurring after hours.

The Department of Health investigation revealed that aides had made notations about the injuries in a "log" that they kept, but the nurse was not alerted of the injuries or the notations. A facility spokesperson has said that the problems have been corrected and a nurse is now available 24 hours a day. 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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