Nursing Home Patient Left With Broken Leg For Hours, Dies Two Weeks Later

A nursing home patient is dead after falling, breaking a leg, and being left for hours in the dining room. The patient was not treating immediately after the fall, but was later taken to the emergency room. The state health department conducted an investigation and found that the nurse’s aide felt “rushed” and neglected to follow the patient’s care plan for a assisting the patient in and out of bed with a mechanical lift and two staff members.

The patient did not recover from the fall and died just two weeks later. The death certificate ruled that the patient died primarily from cardiogenic shock, possibly due to the fall. The nursing home would not comment on the incident, but provided training to staff on how to use a mechanical lift. For more, read the story.
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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.


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