Nursing Home Investigation Brings Only More Questions for Family of Injured Resident

In January 2009, an 88-year-old nursing home resident was found in a pool of blood behind a closed door in a room that was used to store equipment. The resident suffered from broken bones in her face, bleeding in her brain, lacerations to the face and her eye was nearly swollen shut. She spent three weeks recovering in the hospital.

Nursing home staff told investigators that the resident fell, according to state records, but reports from three different state agencies contain discrepancies and reach no conclusion about what caused the woman's injuries. Investigators closed the case without prosecuting it or issuing a citation indicating a resident's life or safety had been endangered.

The resident's family have asked that the case be reopened. Their attorney says that the investigation "simply didn't go deep enough." The information that each investigator reported based on interviews with nursing home staff varied, including the description of the room where the resident was found and where she was seen in the facility. The reports also lacked consistency in determining if the resident was a victim of a pure accident, or of abuse. the failure to determine concrete answers has just left the woman's family with more questions. The family also feels that the possibility that the resident was attacked, was not investigated at all. 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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