Nursing Home Patient Fractures Hip After Being Left Unattended in Restroom

The Department of Health in one state has substantiated a case of nursing home neglect in connection with a resident's pelvic fracture. A male resident with a history of dementia, osteoarthritis, and a falls fractured his pelvis after being left unattended on the toilet with an alarmed motion monitor.

The resident was later found sitting on the bathroom floor and was assessed by a nurse. Later that same day, the resident complained of groin pain and was transferred to a hospital and diagnosed with a pelvic fracture.

According to the Department of Health report, the staff member assisting the resident in the bathroom knew that he should not have been left alone in the bathroom and the facility staff were re-educated not to leave residents unattended on the toilet. 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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