Nursing Home Fined For Not Attending to Injured Resident for Nearly an Hour

A nursing home where a resident was left unassisted on the floor with a head injury for 48 minutes is facing a $15,000 fine from state authorities. A videotape of the incident shows the woman lying on the floor while workers attended to a facility Christmas party.

The facility has now been fined for failing to provide the necessary intervention and treatment for its residents. According to state records, on December 23, a female resident was walking down a hallway of the dementia unit when she stumbled backward and fell to the floor. The video allegedly shows the woman falling to the floor, unobserved by the staff. Within seconds of the fall, two staffers appeared at the nurse’s station within view of the resident.

The video then shows that neither of the workers offered any assistance to the woman, who was “barely moving” on the floor, the inspectors allege. After 46 minutes, three employees approached the resident and, without assessing her for injuries, carried the resident back to her room. More than two hours after the woman's fall, she was transported to the hospital where she required four staples to close a laceration to the back of her head. 

The facility is defending its employee's actions by saying that the resident was someone who frequently laid on the floor. She is described as having a habit of laying on the floor in her room, the hallway, and the closet. The facility's owner is appealing the fine. 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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