Nursing Home Fined After Resident Dies From Injuries Sustained in Fall From Lift

A nursing home has been fined $75,000 by the department of health after an investigation following the death of a resident. The facility also received a Class “AA” citation which is the most severe punishment under state law.

In February, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) used a mechanical lift chair by herself to transfer a resident out of the bathtub. However, the nursing home's policy states two people are required when transferring residents with a lift.
According to the Department of Health investigation, the male resident fell from the mechanical lift into the empty bathtub, breaking three bones in his neck. The unidentified man, who also sustained a head injury in the fall, died four days later. The Department of Health determined that the man was at a risk for falls and needed help when being transported. 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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