Fall From Mechanical Lift Results in Criminal Neglect Charges Against Employee

Criminal charges have been laid against a nursing home employee after a 91-year-old resident died of complications from a fall related injury. Police launched an investigation into events at the facility after a relative of the resident contacted them about the woman's injury. The resident died on April 4th.

Police allege a personal support worker moved the resident on her own on March 21 which violated the resident's care plan and the nursing home's policy of using two workers and a mechanical lift. It was during the move that the woman, who has Alzheimer's and is unable to communicate, fell and sustained a leg injury, police said. According to police, the fall was not reported to supervisors.

The resident was sent to the hospital two days later when other employees noticed the injury. There she was diagnosed with a fractured femur, police said. She died 12 days later. As a result of the investigation police contacted the worker who was arrested Tuesday. The employee is charged with criminal negligence and failure to provide to a person under her care with the necessities of life. 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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