Nursing Home Resident Dies in Wheelchair Accident; Facility Cited with Neglect

Officials have cited a nursing home after a patient died in a wheelchair accident at the facility. According to a recent Office of Health Facilities Complaints report,  the nursing home neglected a resident in September when the man, who was placed in the wrong wheelchair, took a tumble and died from complications from the fall.

The resident had dementia and a history of trying to get out of his wheelchair, which was fitted with a self-release seat belt and an alarm that sounded when the man stood up.The man was placed by staff  in his roommate’s wheelchair one morning. Due to the lack of safety belt and alarm, the man rose from his chair and employees heard him fall and found him lying on the floor with the wheelchair on top of him. He sustained a neck fracture and a head injury and died at the hospital. 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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