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  • Patient Falls, Suffers Bilateral Leg Fractures and Dies, Nursing Home Settles

    A 74-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home’s care on January 12, 2008. The patient was nonverbal, had lower extremity weakness due to a previous stroke, and was non-ambulatory. The patient was totally dependent on the nursing home facility for ambulation.On June 8, 2008, the patient was documented as being agitated and “climbing OOB (out of bed).” The physician was notified and an order for Ativan was obtained.   Read More...

  • Patient Falls, Placed Back In Bed With Femur Fracture, Nursing Home Settles

    On January 31, 2007, a 95-year-old female was admitted to a nursing home. The nursing home knew the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included a history of falls, dementia, the use of assistive devices, osteoarthritis, hypertension, dizziness, problems with balance, and confusion, among other conditions and limitations.On February 6, 2012, the nursing home permitted the patient to fall when a CNA was putting her to bed. After the fall, the nursing home’s staff pi...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient On Blood Thinner Dies From Internal Bleeding

    A 91-year-old female patient sustained a fall at home on July 3, 2013. As a result of the fall, she was hospitalized at the hospital with left hip and left wrist fractures. She received surgery at the hospital to repair the fractures.   Read More...

  • Patient Falls More Than Once, Suffers Multiple Fractures, Nursing Home Settles

    On 1/12/10, a 65-year-old patient was transferred to the hospital’s emergency department from dialysis due to abdominal pain. Later that day, she was returned by the ambulance defendants to the nursing home on a stretcher, which rolled downhill, hit a sidewalk, and overturned. The patient fell from the stretcher to the ground.   Read More...

  • Pressure Ulcer Wrongful Death Arbitration Leads To Generous Award

    A 76-year-old nursing home patient was at high risk of developing pressure ulcers. Specifically, she was non-ambulatory, could not stand, was weak in her lower extremities, had spastic paralysis of her left arm, and developed contractures of both hands and her left elbow. The patient was also incontinent of bladder and bowel and required extensive to total assistance from staff for all aspects of her care, including turning and repositioning in bed.The patient was admitted to the defendants&rsqu...  Read More...

  • Patient Suffers Fall Injuries, Nearly Dies, Nursing Home Settles

    A 76-year-old female was admitted to a nursing home on February 9, 2010. At the time of admission and at all times thereafter, the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, osteoporosis, medication use, dizziness, postural instability, unsteady gait, poor safety awareness, generalized motor weakness, lack of coordination, poor balance, a history of multiple falls, and dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Sustains Fracture From Improper Hoyer Transfer

    On November 9, 2010, an 80-year-old patient was improperly transferred at the nursing home without the use of a Hoyer lift. As a result of the transfer, the patient sustained a dislocated left glenohumeral joint with a fracture through the humeral head extending through the greater tuberosity.The patient experienced significant pain as a result of the dislocation and fracture and was transferred to the hospital the day after the fall. Non-surgical treatment of the dislocation and fracture was re...  Read More...

  • Patient’s C.Diff Not Timely Tested or Treated; Nursing Home Settles

    On May 6, 2011 a 77-year-old female nursing home patient developed diarrhea and was diagnosed with C. diff. However, the patient was not tested or treated properly by nursing home staff.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Neglect Arbitration Involves Patient Fall And Left Hip Fracture

    On December 11, 2008, a 90-year-old female at risk of falling was admitted to the hospital. Three days later, the patient was permitted to fall from her bed, because the hospital staff failed to activate the patient’s bed alarm, or    raise her side rails. The patient sustained a left interochanteric hip fracture requiring surgery.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient's Stage IV 17cm Pressure Ulcer Leads To Generous Settlement For Patient's Family

    A 76 year old male patient admitted to a Central Virginia nursing home, was at a high risk for developing pressure ulcers due to prior falls, fall-related injuries, surgery, and other medical conditions and limitations. On admission the patient did not have any pressure ulcers. Within weeks at the nursing home, the patient developed a stage IV pressure ulcer (pressure sores, bed sore, decubitus ulcer).   Read More...

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