An aide at a Richmond nursing home permitted a completely immobile bed bound patient to fall from bed. As a result of the fall, the patient sustained comminuted spiral fractures of her right and left fumurs. The patient did not receive surgery for the leg fractures because she was not ambulatory and the risk of surgery on both legs was too great. The patient lived for approximately one year after the fractures and died for reasons unrelated to the fractures.
The patient’s family claimed the nursing home failed to supervise the patient propoerly to prevent the fall. The patient’s medical expenses were approximately $20,000. The case settled for mid-six figures on terms that, at the nursing home’s request, remain confidential.
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.