Nursing Home Fined For Resident's Death Following Motor Vehicle Accident

A nursing home has been fined $10,000 after a traffic accident that contributed to a resident's death. A 97-year-old resident died 12 days after a nursing home van in which she was riding was involved in an accident. According to state records, the accident happened on November 19th, while four residents of the home were being transported back to the facility from a town festival.

They were accompanied by three of the nursing home employees. Two residents of the home were both in wheelchairs, including the women who was fatally injured. The driver of the van came up behind a car that was stopped for a traffic light and quickly applied the brakes. The van stopped abruptly, throwing two of the residents from their wheelchairs onto the floor of the van.

According to investigators, the wheelchairs were properly secured to the floor of the van, but the passengers were not secured in the wheelchairs. The driver of the van allegedly told state investigators he had forgotten to fasten the residents' safety belts. The women who died sustained two broken legs, a broken wrist, a broken finger, a possible neck fracture and acute blood loss. The other 97-year-old resident had a fractured pelvis.

The $10,000 fine is for allegedly failing to provide a safe environment for residents. It's the first fine against facility since the spring and summer of 2008 when the received several fines and the temporary denial of Medicaid funding. 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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