Nurse's Assistant Sentenced to Neglect of Vulnerable Adult

A Washington D.C. certified nursing assistant (CNA) was sentenced to spend roughly six months behind bars for injuring a woman in her care. The CNA, 40, was sentenced on a charge of criminal negligence of a vulnerable adult. She was found guilty on Feb. 1 after a trial was conducted.

According to testimony at the trial, the woman had worked as a certified nursing assistant for 10 years. In February of 2009, she was assigned to escort a partially paralyzed woman from the nursing home to a dentist appointment. After the CNA realized she and the woman were dropped off at the wrong hospital, the CNA pushed the resident in a wheelchair without footrests for up to 800 feet. The lack of foot rests caused the paralyzed resident to severely injure her toe, authorities said. The woman’s toe later required amputation. 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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