Nurse Accused of Striking Elderly Nursing Home Resident's Face Fracturing Resident's Nose

A nurse at one Veterans home has pleaded not guilty to striking a resident last month. The issue is one of three deficiencies identified by health inspectors that put the facility in danger of losing its federal funding. The caregiver was released last week, but can no longer work at the facility.

Police say the 82-year-old resident was punched him in the nose after trying to get the care giver's attention. The affidavit said the resident's nose was red and swollen and had dried blood on it. The resident was sent to the hospital, where his nose was determined to be fractured. The caregiver admitted to striking the resident, but claimed he struck the resident out of "reflex" because the resident had been behaving violently. 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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