Patient Sustains Hip Fracture and Medication Errors; Roanoke Area Nursing Home Settles
A Roanoke area nursing home permitted a patient to fall and sustain a right intertrochanteric hip fracture, for which surgery was required. On admission to the facility, the patient was a fall risk. She had fallen at the facility eight times before the fall that fractured her hip.
The patient was also a victim at the nursing home of medication errors. Specifically, following a separate transfer from the nusing home to the hospital, the patient was diagnosed by a hospital physician with a benzodiazepine and opiate overdose. The patient's health declined and she died approximately one year after the hip fracture and medication error.
With respect to the hip fracture, the patient's family claimed the nursing home was negligent because it failed to provide the patient with basic fall prevention measures: fall alarms in bed and chair; a low bed; a fall mat; and closer supervision. The family also claimed that if the nursing home's staff had been more attentive to the patient's condition, the medication errors would not have occurred.
We were able to obtain settlement in the mid six figures on terms that, at the nursing home's request, are 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.
Posted on Wed, September 30, 2009
by Robert Carter