Everything listed under: nursing home fall injury

  • 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.




  • Nursing Home Settles Case After Allowing 84 Year Old Patient To Fall Several Times

    An 84 year old nursing home patient was allowed by the nursing home to fall several times. As a result of the first of her falls at the nursing home, she sustained a left hip fracture. The hip fracture required surgery. Thereafter, she was placed on transfer and mobility restrictions and experienced significant pain. 

    She later required surgery to remove retained hardware from the site of the surgery due to continuing pain and was placed on weight bearing restrictions. 

    As a result of the second fall, she was diagnosed with a condylar fracture of the left femur. As a result of the third fall at the nursing home, in which she fell from a shower chair, she sustained a laceration to her head that required stitches. The patient was again permitted to fall from a shower chair in her fourth fall at the nursing home.

    The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for the patient’s falls and fall-related fractures, surgery, and other injuries. We were able to obtain at mediation 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 Patient Dies After Permitted to Fall From Shower Chair; Nursing Home Settles

    Pain MedicationAn elderly female nursing home resident who required assistance bathing was permitted to fall forward from a shower chair to the floor while being showered at the facility. The aide providing shower care to the resident failed properly to supervise and assist the resident at the time of the fall.

    Right Femur FractureAs a result of the fall, the patient sustained a right hip fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation surgery.  The patient required narcotic pain medication after the fall. Following surgery, the surgical site became infected and required an additional surgery to remove the infection. The surgical wound was then treated with a wound vacuum.

     

    TimelineIn addition, the patient had to undergo multiple surgeries following the incident due to bowel complications that arose after the fall. As with the hip surgery, the wound created by the bowel surgery deteriorated and required a wound vac. Less than two months after the fall, the patient was diagnosed with MRSA infection of the surgical wounds at the right hip and abdomen. The patient died 49 days after the fall from sepsis and respiratory compromise. The patient’s descent from the fall until death is reflected on a timeline that summarizes her injuries and treatment.

    The case against the nursing home was settled, but the settlement amount is confidential at the nursing home’s request.

     


    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 Right Femur Fracture Timeline
  • Lynchburg Nursing Home Permits Patient to Develop Pressure Ulcer; Nursing Home Settles

    A Lynchburg, Virginia nursing home permitted its elderly female patient to fall and sustain a skin tear to her right leg. The skin tear deteriorated into a severe pressure ulcer (bed sore, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer). Within two months after the skin tear, the wound was observed to be necrotic with yellow slough. The wound bed was noted to have eschar,Right Leg Pressure Ulcer and the wound was extremely painful. One month later, the tendons in the patient’s leg were visible through the ulcer. The nursing home failed to send the patient to a wound center for evaluation and treatment. Two weeks later, a mere three months after the fall and skin tear, the patient’s wound was documented to be a stage IV ulcer with erosion of skin, muscle, and flesh down to the tendons of the patient’s leg. Based on the size and depth of the ulcer, the patient required an above-the-knee amputation. The patient died six months after the fall. The patient’s family sued the nursing home for failing to take timely pressure ulcer prevention measures. The nursing home settled the case for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.

  • Patient Fractures Shoulder in Fall from Hoyer Lift; Nursing Home Settles

    An elderly female nursing home patient was totally dependent upon staff for transfers. The patient was transferred using a hoyer lift, which is a full mechanical lift that suspends the patient in a sling as the patient is transferred from one seating surface to another. During a transfer with a hoyer lift, the nursing home allowed the patient to fall and sustain an impacted fracture of her left shoulder. The nursing home also failed to provide the patient with adequate meals and fluid intake to prevent weight loss and dehydration. Specifically, the patient was allowed to lose seven percent of her body weight over a 180 day period, and she continued to lose weight thereafter. The patient ultimately developed a urinary tract infection with sepsis, was admitted to a local hospital, and died there several weeks after admission.

    The nursing home settled the case for a generous amount before trial. The nursing home requested confidentiality concerning the amount of the settlement.



    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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