Family Files Suit After Elderly Woman Dies With Head Caught in Bed Rails at Nursing Home

The children of a woman who died when her head was lodged between the side rails and air mattress on her bed at a nursing home have now filed suit. In the complaint, the family blames the manufacturer of the mattress and side rails for their mother's death on August 24, 2009.

The woman, who had been a resident at the facility since April 6, 2007, developed pressure ulcers and required an air mattress during her residency at the long-term care facility.  On the morning of her death, she was found unresponsive with her head caught between the bed rails and the mattress. An autopsy listed positional asphyxia as her cause of 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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