A demented patient of a Central Virginia nursing home sustained a hand injury when staff began transferring her from a gerichair with an exposed metal tab beneath the chair's arm rest. When the patient was lifted from the chair with a mechanical lift, the exposed tab tore two tendons on the top of the patient's hand. The patient was taken to the hospital, the tendons were clipped, the wound was dressed, and she returned to the nursing home. The patient had very little use of the hand before the injury due to a stroke, but lost all remaining use of the hand as a result of the injury. The nursing home settled the case well before trial for mid six figures.
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.
Posted on Fri, February 1, 2008
by Robert Carter