Nursing Home Sued For Deadly Fall and Patient Overdose

A nursing home has been the subject of two lawsuits regarding recent deaths at the facility. As causes of action, both complaints list negligence, violations of the health and safety code, and wrongful death.

The first resident was admitted to to the nursing home after treatment for an infection and kidney disease in January 2011. The resident, thow was determined to be a substantial fall risk on admission, was found unconscious on the floor with a head injury less than half an hour after being assessed. He died two days later at the hospital as a result of swelling of the brain caused by the fall.

The second resident was admitted to the facility in February 2011 for short-term rehabilitation after being treated for breathing problems. The discharging hospital had orally communicated to the nursing-home staff that the resdient was to be given doses of morphine sulphate and Xanax three times daily.

According to the complaint, the nursing home staff gave the two medicines at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily, rather than the eight-hour intervals intended by the ordering physician. As a result, the suit says, the patient received an excessive amount of the medicines in an eight hour period. The resident was found to be in distress, taken to the hospital, and diagnosed with morphine overdose, kidney failure, and pneumonia. She died later that month. 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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