Nursing Home Patient Dies From Poorly Placed Feeding Tube

A resident from a nursing home recently died because of a poorly placed feeding tube. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit and is seeking damages in excess of $50,000. There are multiple reasons for the family’s disapproval of the nursing home’s care for their loved one. The staff at the facility made a plan for the former resident to help with her daily routine because she had multiple sclerosis. The nursing staff never followed through on these plans, even before she died.

The facility claimed that the resident’s death was “natural”, even though she died at a nearby hospital that said she died from improper positioning of a feeding tube. She died as a result of the feeding tube becoming dislodged and was improperly put back by a nurse who did not use the assistance of an X-ray. This caused liquid to leak through her body, which gave her the infection that led to her death. 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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