Nurse's Aide Arrested After Assault of Elderly Man Leading to Facial Fractures

Official in one state are investigating allegations that a nurse's aide assaulted an 84-year-old nursing home resident earlier this year. The 26-year-old former employee of the facility was charged Monday with cruelty to persons, third-degree assault on a victim over 60 and first-degree reckless endangerment. According to police, the female employee fractured the face and one finger of an elderly male resident after becoming angry that the resident had experienced bowel incontinence towards the end of her shift.

Following the alleged assault, the family of the resident was notified that the man had struck his head on a bed rail while being changed. The man's son visited and discovered that half of the resident's face was swollen and he was unable to open one eye. The resident, who has dementia, told his son that an aide hit him. The son, not the facility, reported the assault to state officials. 

The patient was hospitalized two days after the incident at the family's request. There, doctors discovered the fractures and noted that due to the patient's prescribed blood thinners, the injury could lead to life threatening complications. 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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