Jury Finds for Family of Nursing Home Resident who Died from Urinary Tract Infection

This week a jury rendered a substantial verdict for the family of an elderly woman who died in 2011 after being neglected in a nursing home.  The 88-year-old woman, who entered the facility to recover from two broke ankles, died from complications of a urinary tract infection (UTI) and excessive pain medications.

The woman was admitted with a catheter and developed a UTI while at the facility. She also received Percocet doses beyond what her physician had ordered. According to court documents, the patient's urine was dark brown, she stopped eating, and she was found unresponsive. She was hospitalized with a severe UTI and died less than a week later.

The four-day trial resulted in a verdict for the family. The award contained both compensatory and punitive damages. A representative for the nursing home said they are considering appealing the verdict. In the past two years, the facility has received over $16,000 in civil penalties from the state due to care deficiencies. 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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