Manslaughter Charges for Nursing Home Aide

An aide is facing manslaughter charges stemming from an incident while a resident was in her care. The aide allegedly dropped the 86-year old resident when she was attempting to lift her from a wheelchair. Instead of getting medical assistance, she tried to get a fellow employee to lie for her.

The resident suffered a fractured spine, broken leg and nose in the fall. Nursing home procedures called for two people assistance when lifting or transferring a patient that is bedridden. She died shortly after the incident.

Authorities conclude the aide was not immediately concerned with the well being of the resident. The aide was initially charged with endangerment of the elderly or disabled person and attempting to cover up the incident, but the charges have been upgraded to include manslaughter.  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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