Everything listed under: nursing home fracture

  • Patient Falls, Dies From Injuries, Nursing Home Settles At Six-Figures

    A 69-year-old female patient was admitted to a hospital on a stretcher. The patient fell from the stretcher to the ground. While the patient was on the stretcher, medical transport staff permitted the stretcher to roll downhill, hit a sidewalk, and overturn. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a right clavicle fracture.

    Weeks later, the patient sustained another fall, this time at the nursing home to which she was admitted after her hospitalization. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a mandible fracture. The patient had to be transferred to another hospital for consultation concerning the mandible fracture. 

    The consulting hospital recommended non-operative treatment, and the patient was returned to the nursing home, where, on return, the fall team recommended and put into place a low bed with fall mats and a concave mattress.

    Shortly thereafter, the patient fell while being transferred by nursing home staff, which was not using a hoyer (mechanical) lift as they were required to do. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a fracture of her left femur with 80 degrees angulation. The left leg fracture was caused by the fall. The patient died just three weeks later. The death certificate identified the fall and leg fracture as the patient’s immediate cause of death.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the medical transport and nursing home for failing to provide the patient with proper fall prevention. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the family, the amount of which is confidential at the nursing home’s request.

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    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.


  • High Risk Patient Falls In Room Alone Causing Fracture, Nursing Home Settles


    A 72-year-old female was admitted as a patient to a nursing home. On admission, the patient was a high fall risk. Within months of admission, the nursing home permitted the patient to fall in the bathroom, where she had been left by an aide without proper supervision.

    As a result of the fall, the patient sustained an impacted left hip fracture. The patient required hospitalization and surgical fixation of the fracture.

    The patient’s family hired us to prosecute claims against the nursing home for failing to prevent the patient’s fall, fracture, and resulting disability. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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    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.



  • Fracture Leads To Settlement

    An 83-year-old female patient was assaulted at a nursing home by another patient, whom the nursing home knew posed a danger to all other patients at the nursing home. The offending patient pushed our client to the floor and caused her to sustain left and right pelvis fractures.

    As a result of the assault and fractures, the patient became less mobile, was more dependent with activities of daily living, and required physical therapy and narcotic pain medications. The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for failing to protect the patient’s safety. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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    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.


  • Nursing Home Neglect Settlement Involves Patient Fall And Right Femur Fracture

    A 66 year old nursing home patient called for nursing staff to assist her to the restroom, but staff did not respond. When the patient attempted to reach the restroom on her own. Her bed alarm sounded, but staff still did not respond. The patient fell as she attempted to reach the restroom. When nursing home staff finally found the patient, her right leg was rotated 180 degrees.   

    As a result of the fall, the patient was diagnosed with a right comminuted, distal femoral fracture, which required open reduction internal fixation surgery. The patient was discharged from the hospital and later developed a lower GI bleed caused by medication prescribed for deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis following surgery.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home arising from the patient’s fall, fracture, surgery, and DVT complications. We were able to obtain a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.

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    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.




  • Fall Results in Largest Verdict Against Nursing Home in Virginia History

    TimelineVirginia Crouse, 84 years old, was admitted to Stanleytown Health Care Center in January 2009. On admission, she was known by the defendants to be a high fall risk due to a prior stroke, dementia, weakness, poor safety awareness, balance issues, the need for extensive assistance during transfers, prior hip fracture with surgery, impaired memory loss, and disorientation, among other medical conditions and limitations.

    Hip Fracture

    Within two weeks of her admission to the facility, the patient sustained a left hip fracture and a left shoulder fracture when she was permitted to fall while using the bathroom at night. The nursing home’s staff did not hear the patient’s attempt to get outof bed because the facility had not provided her with a bed alarm. The fracture to the left hip required surgical fixation and the patient required significant pain medication following the fall.

    MFA Virginia NetworkA lawsuit was filed against Medical Facilities of America, Inc. and Stanleytown Health & Rehabilitation Center. Medical Facilities of America owns 40 facilities throughout Virginia and North Carolina and its corporate headquarters are located in nearby Roanoke, Virginia. [map will be included as exhibit]

    On the patient’s behalf, we claimed the facility failed to protect the patient from falls by failing to follow its own care plan that required nursing home staff to assist Crouse with toileting, check frequently on her safety, provide her with a bed alarm when she was in bed, and provide her with a chair alarm when she was in a chair. We also proved at trial that in the years before the patient’s fall, the defendants trained and instructed their staff NOT to use bed alarms with patients who needed them because they created too much work for nursing home staff. The defendants’ self-serving policies prompted the jury to punish the defendants with a punitive damages award of $5,000,000.

    Left FractureIn addition to the large punitive damages award, the jury awarded the patient $1,500,000 in compensatory damages. The patient incurred $72,998 in injury-related medical bills.

    After a four-day jury trial, the nursing home filed post-trial motions, all of which were denied by the judge.

    Our office attributes the jury verdict to the wonderful family we represented, a great trial judge, and a great jury that understood the many complex and important issues presented at trial. To read the opinion, CLICK HERE

     


    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.
    Timeline Left Hip Fracture MFA Network Left Shoulder 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.


    Pain Medication Exhibit
  • Nursing Home Allows Patient to Fall and Sustain Hip Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly patient at high risk for falls was permitted to sustain four falls within four months at the nursing home. As a result of the first of these four falls, the patient sustained a fracture of the right ninth rib. As a result of the third of the four falls, the patient struck his head and sustained a facial laceration that required stitches. As a result of the fourth of the four falls, the patient sustained a left hip fracture, which required open reduction and internal fixation surgery. The patient later died due to an unrelated illness. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for failing to provide proper fall prevention, which permitted the patient’s repeated falls. The nursing home settled the case confidentially for an amount in the mid-six figures.

  • Medical Transport Drops Patient From Hydraulic Lift Causing Fracture; Company Settles

    Leg Injury

    A medical transport company was lifting a wheelchair-bound patient into the transport vehicle. The patient was placed on a hydraulic lift, which elevated the patient from the ground into the air. The medical transport company did not properly secure the patient’s wheelchair or supervise the patient. As a result, the patient was Left Tibia Fracture with Surgical Fixationpermitted to fall from the elevated hydraulic lift platform onto the pavement below. As a result of the fall, the patient complained of left leg pain. An x-ray revealed a serious fracture of the tibia and fibula. The patient required morphine for pain, was fitted for a left leg immobilizer, and was discharged back to the nursing home at which he was a resident. After non-healing of the fracture, the patient received closed reduction surgery with nailing of the tibial shaft. After surgery, the patient continued to complain of severe pain, which was treated with narcotics. The leg fracture remained permanently unhealed despite surgical splinting/nailing. The patient sued the medical transport company, which settled the case for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.

    Left Tibia Fracture with Surgical Fixation
  • Nursing Home Allows Patient to Fall During Care & Sustain Fractures; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly, immobile nursing home patient was allowed to fall from her bed to the floor while being repositioned during incontinence care. The nursing home aide responsible for the fall turned the patient away from her to the opposite side of the bed, left the patient on her left side, and required the patient, who had sustained a stroke with right-sided compromise, to use her right hand to hold onto the repositioning bar/rail of the bed for safety. The aide then turned away from the patient, and the patient fell from her bed to the floor.

    After the fall, the patient complained of pain to her right arm and right leg. When ambulance attendants arrived at the nursing home after the fall, the patient told the ambulance staff that she did not want to return to the nursing home because the facility did not take care of her. The patient was transferred to a local hospital, where she was diagnosed with a right shoulder fracture and a right femur fracture. The patient was not a surgical candidate, so the fracture was treated conservatively. The patient’s right arm was placed in a sling and her right leg was placed in a leg immobilizer.

    The immobilizer, which was required to stabilize the fracture, caused pressure around the lower leg and caused Right Arm and Leg Fracturesa Stage IV pressure ulcer to develop several weeks after the fall and fractures. The pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) was documented to be unstageable with purulent green foul smelling drainage. Within a couple of weeks thereafter, the pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) was noted to involve exposed tendon and bone in the right leg. The pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer) required sharp debridement and was the source of significant pain. The patient later developed sepsis and bacteremia from infection of the right lower leg pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer). The patient died a little over three months after the fall. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for failing to provide proper fall prevention. The nursing home settled for a confidential amount of money in the mid-six figures.

  • Nursing Home’s Rough Transfer Technique Fractures Patient’s Arm; Nursing Home Settles

    Left Arm Skin BreakdownA female nursing home patient required staff assistance for turning, repositioning, and transfers. The nursing home’s staff attempted to transfer the patient by lifting the patient under her arms from behind the patient’s body. The force of the attempted transfer caused the patient to sustain a comminuted left arm fracture with complete separation of the fracture fragments. As a result of the fracture, the patient’s left arm was placed in a brace and sling. Pressure caused by the brace and sling resulted in skin breakdown because the nursing home staff failed properly to pad the area around the arm’s splint.

    We were able to obtain a generous settlement on the patient’s behalf in an amount the nursing home requested be kept confidential.


    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 Arm Skin Breakdown
  • 100-Year-Old Patient is Dropped, Fractures Leg, and Requires Surgery; Nursing Home Settles

    A 100-year-old nursing home patient was dropped in her bathroom by a CNA, who was reportedly assisting her to toilet.  The nursing home's care plan required two care providers to be present with the patient during transfers and toileting.  Only one care provider was present when the patient was dropped. 

    As a result of the fall, the patient sustained a fracture of the left femoral shaft with extreme rotation, leg shortening, and pain with movement. The fracture required removal of an internal Femoral Fracture with Surgical Fixationfixation device used to repair an earlier left hip fracture and installation of a stabilizing rod and screws.  The patient remained hospitalized for ten days, after which she was returned to the nursing home.  The fracture and surgery prevented her from bearing full weight on her legs for over three months and permitted more extensive weight bearing thereafter only as tolerated.

    When she returned to the nursing home, she did not receive any anti-coagulants (blood thinners) to prevent blood clots.  Within several weeks, she developed a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clot, in her thigh and was returned back to the hospital for another four days.  She was released from the hospital and returned back to the nursing home, where she remains today.  The patient recently turned 101 years old.

    The case settled for six figures well before trial.
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    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

    Femoral Shaft Fracture with Surgical Fixation

 

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