Nursing Home Suit Claims that Family was Not Informed of Loved One's Death For Four Months

Three siblings have filed a lawsuit against one nursing home. The family contends that the facility did not inform them of their mother’s May 2010 death until the woman’s daughter called to wish her mother a happy birthday more than four months later, according to a the complaint.

The suit claims that the woman, admitted in 1991, suffered from numerous disabilities and required help with eating, bathing and walking. A daughter of the woman claims she visited her mother at the nursing home April 25, 2010. A nursing home employee called her two days later to report her mother was in the hospital, and she visited her mother at the hospital on April 29, 2010. The woman was released from the hospital and returned to the nursing home the following day, according to the suit.

On Sept. 11, 2010, more than four months after the woman had died, her daughter called the nursing home to wish her mother a happy birthday, according to the suit. A nursing home employee told her that they did not have a resident by her mother's name. The family went to the nursing home Sept. 13, 2010, and an administrator informed the family of their mother’s death at the hospital, according to the suit. 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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