Family Sues Nursing Home After Complications From Fall Lead to Their Mother's Death

The family of a former nursing home patient has filed a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a county nursing home after the facility failed to provide the treatment and care that could have prevented their loved one's death in 2009.

The woman, who died at age 78 had been at the facility since 2005. Now, her daughters claim that nursing home staff failed to detect a severe abdominal infection which ruptured when their mother fell at the facility. After the fall the patient remained at the facility for three days before being sent to the hospital, even though signs of the infection were apparent. She died that month at the hospital of septic shock.

According to the lawsuit, the resident had other health problems, including diabetes, hypertension and abdominal problems due to prior hernia surgery. Deterioration of a mesh used in the woman's earlier hernia surgery caused the infection that led to her death, the suit contends. 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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