Nursing Home Sued After Dementia Patient Died After Wandering Out of Facility

A county nursing home has become the defendant in a lawsuit alleging staff negligence that led to the death of a patient. The suit involves an 85-year-old resident at the nursing home who died of a heart attack last December. The patient was found outside the facility in the cold early morning hours and was later declared dead at a nearby hospital.

According to  court records, the man had been placed in a secure portion of the facility because of a known propensity to wander. The patient was equipped with an ankle monitor that should have notified staff when he left the building.

Today, there are still questions about the man's death. Police believe that the resident may have learned the code to bypass the alarm system. However, the family claims the man was not properly monitored and that staff negligence is responsible for the tragic death. 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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