Everything listed under: nursing home death

  • Patient Falls, Dies From Injuries, Nursing Home Settles At Six-Figures

    A 69-year-old female patient was admitted to a hospital on a stretcher. The patient fell from the stretcher to the ground. While the patient was on the stretcher, medical transport staff permitted the stretcher to roll downhill, hit a sidewalk, and overturn. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a right clavicle fracture.

    Weeks later, the patient sustained another fall, this time at the nursing home to which she was admitted after her hospitalization. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a mandible fracture. The patient had to be transferred to another hospital for consultation concerning the mandible fracture. 

    The consulting hospital recommended non-operative treatment, and the patient was returned to the nursing home, where, on return, the fall team recommended and put into place a low bed with fall mats and a concave mattress.

    Shortly thereafter, the patient fell while being transferred by nursing home staff, which was not using a hoyer (mechanical) lift as they were required to do. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a fracture of her left femur with 80 degrees angulation. The left leg fracture was caused by the fall. The patient died just three weeks later. The death certificate identified the fall and leg fracture as the patient’s immediate cause of death.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the medical transport and nursing home for failing to provide the patient with proper fall prevention. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the family, the amount of which is confidential at the nursing home’s request.

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    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.


  • Nursing Home Patient Breaks Neck and Dies Following Fall from Lift; Nursing Home Settles

    A stroke-compromised, immobile nursing home patient was being transferred using a mechanical lift when staff permitted the patient to fall to the floor. Only one aide was present during the attempted transfer despite the fact that two staff members were required to be present at all times during mechanical lift transfers. In addition, discovery revealed that the nursing home was aware, years before the fall, that the lift was defective.

    Cervical Spine FractureThe nursing home did not obtain a CT scan of the patient’s neck until almost three weeks after the fall, during which time the patient’s head was observed to be positioned “downward and resting on her chest,” the patient became increasingly lethargic and her appetite decreased. The patient could not follow commands and her grip also became weak. The CT scan revealed a neck fracture at C2 with extensive swelling within the spinal canal from C1-C4 with spinal cord compression.

    Once the neck fracture and spinal cord compression were diagnosed, the patient was hospitalized. However, because the neck fracture and spinal cord injury had not been timely identified, the patient’s physicians concluded surgery would be of no benefit. The patient began receiving hospice and palliative care, became less responsive, refused medication, and ultimately refused meals. The patient died three and one-half months after the fall. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for its failure to take proper fall prevention measures. The nursing home settled the case for a confidential amount.

 

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