State Officials Seek Sanction Against Nursing Home Administrator After Resident's Death

Officials in one state are pursuing disciplinary action against the administrator of a nursing home where a 76-year-old Alzheimer’s patient died after falling out of her wheelchair and breaking her neck.  A complaint filed by the attorney general’s office accuses the administrator of failing to report the injuries to the state health department on time and also failing to provide timely evidence that the facility investigated the incident.

The elderly woman died just two days after falling face first out of her wheelchair. The nursing home waited a week after the woman's death before reporting the incident to the health department. According to the attorney general's office, the woman had fallen out of her wheelchair just a month before the deadly fall occurred.

The complaint demands an order imposing disciplinary sanctions against the nursing home administrator’s license for tardiness in reporting injuries of unknown origin and an unusual death. In addition, the family is pursuing a civil wrongful death claim against the owners of the facility. 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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