Everything listed under: nursing home abuse

  • Nursing Home Patient's Stage IV 17cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Generous Settlement For Patient's Family

    A 76 year old male patient admitted to a Central Virginia nursing home, was at a high risk for developing pressure ulcers due to prior falls, fall-related injuries, surgery, and other medical conditions and limitations. On admission the patient did not have any pressure ulcers. Within weeks at the nursing home, the patient developed a stage IV pressure ulcer (pressure sores, bed sore, decubitus ulcer). The sacral pressure ulcer measured 8 cm x 6 cm. Thereafter, the sacral pressure ulcer deteriorated and developed eschar with foul smelling, purulent drainage. The patient’s physician issued a warning for “impending sepsis” as a result of the pressure ulcer.

    The patient was also at the nursing home permitted to develop a stage III pressure ulcer on his right heel which, after debridement, revealed full thickness necrosis down to subcutaneous fat. By that time, the sacral pressure ulcer had also deteriorated to dimensions of 17 cm x 10 cm with a depth of 3.6 cm and demonstrated considerable undermining, extensive necrosis, foul odor, and purulent drainage. When the sacral pressure ulcer was documented to have dimensions of 13.7 cm x 9.2 cm, the patient was discharged from the nursing home and died just one month later.

    The family contacted us to pursue claims against the nursing home for failing to provide proper pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. We were able to obtain a generous settlement for the patient’s family, 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.


  • Patient Hit By Tractor Trailor, SUV, Van, & Pickup Dies; Nursing Home Settles

    A 62-year-old patient was transferred from a hospital to a nursing home with diagnoses of altered mental status, dementia, inability to make his own medical decisions and propensity to wander. The nursing home knew the patient needed 24-hour supervision and could not leave the facility without supervision and assistance.

    Unbeknownst to the patient’s family, the nursing home allowed him to wander from the facility three times in one day. The nursing home located the patient without contacting the police or filing a missing person’s report after the patient’s first departure. After the second time the patient wandered from the facility, police were contacted, a “missing person’s” report was filed and police were able to locate and return the patient. The nursing home did not contact the police or the patient’s family after the third time the patient wandered from the facility. Two days later, the patient wandered onto an interstate highway, was hit by a tractor-trailer, an SUV, a van, a pickup truck, and died at the scene.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for permitting the patient to wander and elope from the facility. We were able to obtain a very generous settlement for the patient’s family, which the nursing home only paid on the condition that the settlement amount remain confidential.

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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 Settles Case After Allowing 84 Year Old Patient To Fall Several Times

    An 84 year old nursing home patient was allowed by the nursing home to fall several times. As a result of the first of her falls at the nursing home, she sustained a left hip fracture. The hip fracture required surgery. Thereafter, she was placed on transfer and mobility restrictions and experienced significant pain. 

    She later required surgery to remove retained hardware from the site of the surgery due to continuing pain and was placed on weight bearing restrictions. 

    As a result of the second fall, she was diagnosed with a condylar fracture of the left femur. As a result of the third fall at the nursing home, in which she fell from a shower chair, she sustained a laceration to her head that required stitches. The patient was again permitted to fall from a shower chair in her fourth fall at the nursing home.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for the patient’s falls and fall-related fractures, surgery, and other injuries. We were able to obtain at mediation a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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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.



  • Fall Causes Fracture, Surgery, Infection, and Immobility; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly female patient who was a known fall risk was admitted to Avante at Lynchburg, a nursing home in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Just days into her stay, the nursing home permitted her to fall from her wheelchair while being assisted by a CNA.  After the fall, the patient was taken to a local hospital, where she was diagnosed with an oblique left femoral fracture with significant displacement.   

    The fracture required open reduction and  intramedullary fixation surgery.  She remained at the hospital for  10 days.  She returned to the hospital shortly thereafter when  the wound at the surgical incision site appeared to be infected. 

    The resident was treated at the hospital and was  returned  to a rehabilitation center.  The patient suffered significant pain  and immobility as a result of the fracture. The case was tried to a Lynchburg jury, which awarded a substantial six-figure verdict plus interest.  

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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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