Nursing Home Neglects Elderly Woman's Fractured Ribs and Collapsed Lung Following a Fall

Family members say 84-year old Polly Stevens was a spry, creative and strong woman until dementia began setting in a few years ago. Her family believed she could receive the best care if they put her into an assisted living facility. But earlier this month, the facility called Stevens’ daughter, saying her mother had fallen down. Deb Pickering arrived a short time later--and found out her mother had been hurt more than 12-hours before she was called--and no one seemed to be caring for her.

Upon arriving at the facility, the woman's daughter found her lying in bed on her side, struggling to breathe. Her mother's head had been propped on a pillow and she had difficulty waking her mother.  The woman's daughter went back to the nurse’s station and asked them to call 911. Again, she says, no one from came to her mother's room to help. "I heard some commotion at the front door and saw that it was the rescue unit and I went to the front desk because nobody had come around to show them where my mom was at."

Stevens was rushed to the hospital. She had six fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Following the incident, the facility has been placed on conditional status, meaning the facility cannot accept new residents and will likely be fined.  The facility has been fined by the state seven times, totaling $24,000.00 since it opened just two years ago. 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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