Everything listed under: hip fracture

  • Nursing Home Settles Case After Allowing Patient to Fall and Sustain Hip Fracture

    An elderly nursing home patient diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia was admitted to a nursing home for rehabilitation following a hip fracture in May 2008. On admission to the facility, the patient was noted to be a high fall risk. While at the facility, the patient was permitted to fall more than 10 times. In February of 2010, the patient, who required extensive assistance for all ADL’s, fell while unattended in the restroom. The facility’s records indicate that the fall occurred before 9:00 a.m., however, the patient was not sent to the hospital until 12:45 that afternoon.

    Right Femur Fracture with Fixation SurgeryAs a result of the fall, the patient sustained a right hip fracture which required internal fixation surgery. After the fall, the patient required powerful narcotics for pain management. The patient then returned back to the facility where the fall occurred. The patient's surgical wound later became infected and required antibiotic treatment. One month after the fall, the patient’s orthopedist noted that the fracture had little new bone formation. Three months after the fall, the patient developed a urinary Pain Medication Exhibittract infection and required hospitalization because the treatment at the nursing home had been ineffective. Following treatment for the infection, the patient was placed on hospice care. The patient passed away shortly thereafter.

    The nursing home settled the case for a confidential, generous six-figure amount.

     

     


    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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  • Nursing Home Patient Left Alone, Falls and Fractures Hip; Nursing Home Settles

    A female nursing home patient was permitted to fall when she was left alone in her bathroom without any supervision. As an immediate result of the fall, she sustained pain during transfer from floor to wheelchair and from wheelchair to bed, facial grimacing on movement, and external rotation of the left hip and leg. The patient was later diagnosed at a local hospital with a comminuted fracture of the left femur with angulation. She was also noted to have moderate to severe pain, which required multiple administrations of morphine. She was transferred to another hospital for more aggressive orthopaedic care.

    Left Hip Fracture with Surgical FixationAt the second hospital, the patient was noted to have “leg pain whenever she moves” and the site of the fracture was painful. The hospital described her as experiencing “marked pain with any attempt at mobilization.” The patient received closed reduction and intramedullary internal fixation of the left hip in a surgical procedure performed at the second hospital. Following surgery, she was transfused with multiple units of packed red blood cells due to post-operative blood loss anemia. Unfortunately, the transfused donor blood was contaminated with bacteria that caused the patient to experience post-operative fever in a “transfusion like reaction,” which itself required the patient to receive IV antibiotics.

    The patient was discharged from the second hospital to a separate nursing home. While at the separate nursing home, the patient continued to experience severe pain as a result of the fracture. Due to fracture-related pain, the patient was noted by nursing home staff to be in tears when staff attempted to assist her physically with activities of daily living. She continued to experience pain daily thereafter, especially over the site of the fracture.

    Within one month after the fall and fracture, the patient was placed on comfort care by her family. While on comfort care, the patient began to experience cognitive decline and dementia that was complicated by the left hip fracture. She became increasingly dehydrated, disinterested in eating, and relayed to her family that she was “very tired and exhausted” and “ready to die and go to heaven.” The patient died several months later.

    The nursing home settled before trial for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.


    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. Left Hip Fracture with Surgical Fixation Left Hip Fracture with Surgical Fixation
  • Nursing Home Patient Falls, Fractures Hip, and Dies; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly female nursing home patient was, on admission to the nursing home, a high fall risk.Right Hip Fracture with Surgical Fixation After admission of the nursing home, the patient had been permitted to fall on no less than ten separate occasions. As a result of the tenth fall, the patient sustained a right hip fracture, for which surgery was required. One month later, the nursing home permitted  the patient to fall yet again, and the fall resulted in headaches, hip pain, and a hematoma and a laceration to the back of the patient’s head. Following these final two falls, the patient experienced a decline in health, began receiving hospice care, and died several months later.

    The nursing home settled this case before trial for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.

     


    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. Right Hip Fracture with Surgical Fixation Right Hip Fracture with Surgical Fixation
  • Resident Falls at Assisted Living Facility; Facility Settles

    Hip Fracture; Knee Fracture; Elbow Fracture; Brain InjuryAn 87-year old assisted living resident fell and sustained hip and elbow fractures while walking from her bed to the bathroom. The resident was documented by the facility to be independent in her ambulation at the time of the fall and for the prior five years while she was a resident at the facility. Immediately before the fall, an aide observed that the resident was alert, stable when standing, and was walking independently. The plaintiff claimed the resident was a fall risk and should have been assisted physically and supervised visually while ambulating. The assisted living facility settled for mid six figures.

    Hip Fracture; Knee Fracture; Elbow Fracture; Brain Injury

 

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