Woman Dies as a Result of Nursing Home Fall

A nursing home resident was injured when she fell from her bed moments after a nurses aide left the woman's side without required safety precautions in place. The woman's condition worsened after the fall, until her death four days later, state health investigators said Thursday. They cited the aide for neglect.

The fall caused a hematoma on the woman's forehead, the Department of Health investigative report said. Soon after the woman fell she felt drowsy and weak, which was followed by unresponsiveness and difficulty breathing, the report said. She passed away four days later.

The nurses aide was suspended one day after the woman fell and fired the day after the resident died, having admitted the neglect. The report said that the aide was caring for the woman when another resident's bed alarm beeped. The employee left the woman unattended and "without her safety precautions in place" to care for the other resident. A nurse found the woman on the floor in her room.

At the time the woman fell, according to the report, the resident's bed alarm was not set, the bed was not in the lowered position and a floor mat was not next to the bed. All were required precautions outlined in the woman's care plan. One day after the fall, the facility reviewed fall prevention measures with staff. The center was not cited in this case. 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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