Nursing Home Fined By State After Resident's Fatal Fall From Bed

Public health officials in one state have fined a nursing home $90,000 after the death of a 97-year-old patient three years ago. According to the Department of Health investigation, the patient fell out of her bed and onto the floor at the nursing home while an attending nurse had her back turned to the patient.

The resident sustained a fractured spine as a result of the fall and she was rushed to a nearby hospital. Investigators said a bed rail, which could have prevented the fall, was not in place. The woman died four days after the fall.

State officials classified the violation as the most severe the agency could impose. They could however have fined the facility $100,000 which is the maximum allowable fine. In 2008, the state issued a similar penalty against the same facility after a patient passed away from an infection that investigators said was ultimately caused by staff's failure to keep the patient properly hydrated. 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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