Nursing Home & Rehab Center Faces $10,000 Fine Due to Resident's Unexplained Broken Leg

One nursing and rehab center was fined $10,000 over a resident’s unexplained fractured femur, according to a citation report from the State Department of Inspections and Appeals. The report was published March 16 after facility survey dates in February and March.

The report states that the facility failed to properly assess and treat a patient who had incurred a fracture. At approximately 12:00 a.m. a nurse responded to a patient's moans and agitation by simply giving the patient morphine. The nurse did not asses the patient for the source of the pain. At approximately 6:30 a.m. another nurse removed the patients bedding and found the patient to have a "deformed fractured femur," the report states.

The incident occurred on the first of February and the resident, who was a hospice patient, died four days later, on February 5.  According to the attorney for the nursing home, they are appealing the fine. 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.