Nursing Home Employees Fired After Dropping Resident and Lying About Incident

State officials have blamed two nursing home employees for the death of a resident who dropped during transfer. A report by the State Health Department said the employees who were moving the resident with a mechanical lift from a bed to a wheelchair failed to ensure that the sling was properly attached to the lift.

The resident fell to the floor and suffered numerous fractures and a collapsed lung. The patient died three days later after developing respiratory and renal failure, the report added.  The report stated that after the resident was dropped from the lift, the two employees placed the resident in a wheelchair and told a nurse that the resident suffered a bump to the head from a bar on the lift. Two hours later, X-rays revealed several broken bones. The nurse asked the workers to re-enact the incident, leading the nurse to determine that the employees had not been honest about what happened. 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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