Police Investigate Nursing Home After Resident Sufferrs Serious Injuries to Her Face

Police have launched a criminal investigation into an incident at a nursing home where a patient suffered injuries to her face and eye. The family was told by the facility that the women fell while walking in the hallway which cause the deep cuts to the woman's face and fractured her eye socket.

Later the family was told that nurses were there to catch the woman, and she suffered no head injuries. Finally, the family was told that the only employee who witnessed the incident was a maintenance man. According to the final version of the story, the woman rain full force into a wall at the facility and fell to the ground with no intervention by staff.

The woman's family is still unclear of what occurred to cause the injuries which may cause the patient to lose her vision. The hospital surgeon told family that the injuries are not consistent with injuries from running into a wall. Hospital employees also said the the woman arrived at the hospital very dirty, and with a foul odor, which are clear signs of neglect.

Three former employees have also stepped forward to comment on the facility's poor care and steady sanitation issues. In November, A state ombudsman explained that this facility is not unique. The ombudsman said that due to the current economy there are many nursing homes with similar or worse issues. 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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