Family Sues Nursing Home After Resident Died of Hypothermia Outside Facility

The family of a nursing home patient who died a year ago, after wandering from the facility and dying of hypothermia, has sued the nursing home and employee responsible for the wandering. The patient was 84-years-old when she died last April.

At the time of the resident's death, only one resident-care assistant was on duty to supervise roughly 30 residents. According to police, the elderly woman disappeared from her room between 4 and 6 a.m. Police were called around 6:30 a.m. after staff searched other rooms at the facility.

An investigation by the Department of Health concluded that conditions at the facility at the time of the incident presented an immediate threat to patient safety. The resident-care assistant was convicted of misdemeanor patient abuse earlier this month. 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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