Resident Falls and Dies; Lynchburg Nursing Home and Its Medical Director Settle

Resident was admitted to a nursing home under the care of its medical director. Within one week of his admission, the resident had fallen six times. On the sixth fall, the resident was found on the floor by the facility’s staff, which left the resident unattended. While unattended, the resident reached for a nearby table to get up, the table fell, hit the resident on the head, and caused bilateral subdural hematomas. Fluid caused by the hematomas placed pressure on the resident’s brain. A neurosurgeon drilled holes into the resident’s skull and evacuated the hematomas while the resident was under conscious sedation. Following the head injury, he was returned to the nursing home. However, the resident became increasingly agitated and his medical condition began to deteriorate. He was transferred back to the hospital, which diagnosed the resident with severe dehydration. The resident died at the hospital. The resident’s family claimed the facility and its medical failed to supervise and assist the resident after his sixth fall and failed to ensure the resident received adequate hydration. The nursing home and its medical director settled.

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