Nursing Home Fined $50,000 After Man Chokes To Death On Soup With Rice

A nursing home has been fined $50,000 by state health officials in the choking death of a nursing home resident.

The unidentified man died in March after choking on his lunch, according to an inspection report from the stateDepartment of Public Health. The report says staff noticed the man had been growing weaker, but the facility still allowed him to eat regular meals on his own.

On the day of his death, the report says the man was eating soup with rice when he called for his wife, who was also a patient. The man struggled to breathe, and a nurse started the Heimlich maneuver but could not dislodge the food.

The man died later that day in a hospital. An autopsy found food completely blocking his trachea. The state report concludes that the nursing home failed to assess his ability to eat, which was a direct cause of his death. For more, read the story.

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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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