Nurses Assistant Allows Paralyzed Man to Fall From His Bed

A former nursing assistant (CNA) was charged Monday in connection with the abuse of a patient at the nursing home where he was employed. The former CNA was charged with one count of reckless abuse of an adult.

The investigation report said a male resident who was paralyzed on the left side of his body from a stroke was required to be moved with a mechanical lift by two staff people. The CNA however, told investigators he moved the male resident from a chair to the bed without the lift or help from staff. The man then left the resident sitting on the edge of the bed while he walked across the room, according to the report.

The assistant said he failed to check the resident's care plan and therefore was unaware that the man was paralyzed, according to the report. When the resident fell from his bed, the nursing assistant told investigators, he put the man back to bed and did not assess the man for injuries.

When other members of the nursing staff were caring for the man later that night, they discovered that the resident had several swollen areas on his body, including on his head, knees, and hip. The resident was taken to the hospital where he later died, state records show.

The CNA involved was fired the day of the man's injury and is being held on a $500,000 cash bond, jail officials said. He is charged with a Class A misdemeanor and a maximum penalty of one year in jail. The nursing home was also cited for the abuse and for failing to immediately report the incident. 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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