Department of Health Issues Fines Following Deadly Incidents at Various Nursing Homes

The Department of Public Health in one state has issued penalties against three nursing homes in the same county after concluding that poor care led to deaths at each of the facilities. The three facilities got the most serious citations possible under state law, according to the Health Department.

The first facility must pay $75,000 following the 2010 death of a patient, who suffered a fatal brain injury after falling out of bed. When he was found on the floor, no one knew how long he had been there, according to the department. This led the department to it's conclusion that the man had been neglected before the fall.

The health department issued an $80,000 fine against a second facility following an incident in 2010, where a 90-year-old Alzheimer's patient who was in a wheelchair died after falling down a stairwell. According to the investigation report, the woman had previously fallen down the same set of stairs.

A third facility was also fined $80,000 for failing to monitor a patient's blood glucose level after she was admitted to the facility from a hospital in 2010. The woman went into a diabetic coma and died. 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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