Nursing Home Fined For Over-Medicating Elderly Fall Victim

The Department of Health in one state has issued a $100,000 penalty against a nursing home that over-medicated an 82-year-old resident on blood thinners.  According to officials, the resident suffered a serious stroke before moving to the facility.

In the Spring of 2011, the resident fell and hit his head while at the facility. Despite a black eye and other facial bruises, the resident was not hospitalized until four days later when his daughter insisted. Doctors at the hospital discovered the patient suffering from a subdural hematoma, low blood pressure, and organ failure. He also had Coumadin (prescription blood thinner) levels 18 times the normal level. The patient died less than two weeks after the fall. 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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