Nursing Home Resident Dies Due to Fall Related Injuries

A large award was decided by a jury trial in the case of two sons whose mother died a month after a nursing home fall. The woman died Sept. 15, 2006. The sons, in their civil suit, contended that their mother's death was a direct result of the facility's negligence.

On Aug. 14, 2006, a certified nursing assistant (CNA), allegedly attempted to transfer the resident without assistance at 4:50 a.m. According to court documents, the CNA denied her role in the resident’s fall to the floor and said the 100-year-old woman had instead tried to get up from bed and fell back, hitting her head on the bed.

The CNA later admitted that she was helping the resident off the toilet when the elderly woman fell and “hit her head on the floor.” She admits that after the fall she and another aide put the resident back into bed. The resident suffered a hematoma to her head from the fall and was transported to the hospital six hours later with a fractured humerus and possible hip fracture.

Because of the incident, the CNA was suspended on Aug. 18, 2006, and terminated the next day. The CNA also admitted to consuming three caffeine pills on the night of resident's injury, after a fellow nurse’s statement described her as having been “very hyper” with “over-exaggerated” actions. 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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