Nursing Home Sued for Allegedly Covering Up Woman's Choking Death

A man has filed a civil complaint against a nursing home alleging that the facility covered up the cause of his mother's death. According to court documents filed this month, the man's mother choked to death as she was being fed by a licensed vocational nurse in July, 2010.

The woman had a care plan in place which required her food to be chopped up in order to reduce the possibility of choking. According to the woman's son, nursing home staff told emergency responders summoned to his mother's aid that she choked on rice, when in reality,  a large piece of meat had become lodged in her throat. Because the woman had a "do not resuscitate" order in place, lifesaving efforts were not performed.

The son has also alleged that the documentation of his mother's death is not consistent with that of the EMS workers. Additionally, the lawsuit states that facility documented the woman's cause of death as "cardiopulmonary failure" instead of mentioning the choking incident. 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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