Resident Breaks Leg in Fall; Central Virginia Assisted Living Facility Settles

Left Femur Fracture with Surgical FixationA resident at an assisted living facility sustained a fall while being helped into the shower by the facility’s staff. The patient's family claimed the facility's staff failed to exercise proper fall prevention, which caused the fall. The patient complained of pain after the fall, exhibited bruising and swelling in his left leg, and was diagnosed at the hospital with a comminuted fracture of the distal third of the left femur.  He received open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture several days later.  The patient was immobile before the fall, was not ambulatory, used his left leg only for weight bearing during transfers, and was dependent in all other activities of daily living.  After the fall, he remained dependent in all activities of daily living, but the fall rendered him unable to use his left leg for transfers.  After discharge from the hospital, he was admitted to a nursing home, where he remains today.  The case settled for $490,000 shortly after a lawsuit was filed.
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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.  Left Femur Fracture with Surgical Fixation