Jury Finds Nursing Home Negligent in Elderly Woman's Fall Death

A jury come to a decision this week against a company accused of doing too little to prevent a 92-year-old woman's fatal fall at a nursing home. According to authorities, in October 2004, the elderly woman slipped away from a group of residents at the facility. After an hour, someone noticed she was missing and checked an emergency exit door stairwell. The resident was at the bottom of about stairs the stairs, still strapped into her wheelchair. She died shortly after paramedics arrived.

The woman had lived at the facility since August 2003. She had the onset of dementia and according the the woman's family, she was known by nursing home staff to wander off. On the day she died, the attorney for the family said, alarms on her clothing, wheelchair and the emergency door should have all gone off to let staff know what she was doing. 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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