Family Wins Jury Trial After Mentally Ill Resident Overdosed on Morphine

A jury awarded damages to the family of a nursing home resident who died of a morphine overdose in 2009. The 46-year-old mentally ill man died after being found unresponsive at the facility. His death was originally thought to be caused by a heart attack. However, toxicology tests showed a lethal level of morphine which was not even prescribed to the resident.

The man's family sued the facility, and after a week-long trial, the jury ruled for the family. Staff members and other witnesses testified in trial that pain pills were sometimes left on a counter in the nurses’ station. However, a police investigation revealed that the facility's morphine supply was accounted for.

The facility was also investigated in 2011 after a resident was hospitalized with dehydration, malnutrition, and kidney failure. Health officials determined the facility failed to provide adequate medical care. 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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