Fall Causes Fracture, Surgery, Infection, and Immobility; Nursing Home Settles
An elderly female patient who was a known fall risk was admitted to Avante at Lynchburg, a nursing home in Lynchburg, Virginia. Just days into her stay, the nursing home permitted her to fall from her wheelchair while being assisted by a CNA. After the fall, the patient was taken to a local hospital, where she was diagnosed with an oblique left femoral fracture with significant displacement.
The fracture required open reduction and intramedullary fixation surgery. She remained at the hospital for 10 days. She returned to the hospital shortly thereafter when the wound at the surgical incision site appeared to be infected.
The resident was treated at the hospital and was returned to a rehabilitation center. The patient suffered significant pain and immobility as a result of the fracture. The case was tried to a Lynchburg jury, which awarded a substantial six-figure verdict plus interest.
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.
Posted on Thu, December 12, 2013
by Melissa Small