Nursing Home Settles Case After Allowing 84 Year Old Patient To Fall Several Times

An 84 year old nursing home patient was allowed by the nursing home to fall several times. As a result of the first of her falls at the nursing home, she sustained a left hip fracture. The hip fracture required surgery. Thereafter, she was placed on transfer and mobility restrictions and experienced significant pain. 

She later required surgery to remove retained hardware from the site of the surgery due to continuing pain and was placed on weight bearing restrictions. 

As a result of the second fall, she was diagnosed with a condylar fracture of the left femur. As a result of the third fall at the nursing home, in which she fell from a shower chair, she sustained a laceration to her head that required stitches. The patient was again permitted to fall from a shower chair in her fourth fall at the nursing home.

The patient’s family hired us to pursue claims against the nursing home for the patient’s falls and fall-related fractures, surgery, and other injuries. We were able to obtain at mediation a generous six-figure settlement for the patient.


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.