Investigation After Nursing Home Fight Leads to Resident's Death

Police are investigating the death of an 89-year-old Alzheimer's patient who died at his nursing home after a fight with his new roommate. The man's 74-year-old roommate, also believed to have Alzheimer's, was taken the hospital in non-critical condition.

The man's daughter says her father had been a patient there for three months, and had just gotten his new roommate over the weekend. Nursing home employees told the daughter over the phone early Wednesday morning that her father had gotten into a fight. During the fight, her father drug his roommate into the hallway using a belt.

Shortly after the fight spilled into the hallway, her father apparently collapsed, had a seizure and died. The man's daughter said that nurses were supposed to be checking on her father every ten minutes and she does not understand why no one responded to the fight before it escalated. The daughter was not permitted to see her father or his room at the facility after the incident occurred. 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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