Nursing Home Resident Suffers Brain Damage Because Nurse Was "Too Busy" to Provide Care

The daughter of a nursing home resident is suing her mother's nursing home, claiming that a nurse "was too busy" to help her suffocating mother, who died more than two years ago.

According to the lawsuit, on June 20, 2008, the woman's mother was admitted to the nursing center with respiratory failure and pneumonia. She required a tracheostomy tube to help her breathe. The daughter alleges that when nurse noticed her mother was having trouble breathing and that her trach tube needed to be suctioned, she notified the Resident on duty who told her she "was too busy," court papers say.

A short time later the woman became unresponsive and required hospitalization. The lack of oxygen lead to severe brain damage, and the decision was made to withdraw life support and on July 27, 2008. 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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