Nursing Home Resident Dies After Rolling in Wheelchair Off an Embankment Outside Facility

A police investigation is underway after an incident in which a nursing home resident rolled in his wheelchair down a hill to his death. The 88-year-old man died after he fell from his wheelchair about on Saturday  morning outside the skilled nursing & rehab center where he was a patient.  The man rolled down an embankment and over a 2- to 3-foot ledge hitting his head on the sidewalk below. He was transported to the hospital where he later passed away.

The facility had been cited about four months ago for failing to make sure it is free of dangers that cause accidents. On that single environmental measure, the nursing home was rated three out of four, with four being the highest level of harm, according to the the medicare inspection report. A rating of three means a resident had suffered actual harm from a problem that inspectors identified. The report also said that the problem had been corrected by June 25. Overall, the health inspections at the facility led to a poor rating, just of one out of five stars, or "much below average." 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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