Resident Waits Twelve Hours Before Being Sent To Hospital With Two Broken Legs and Broken Shoulder

A nursing home where a patient had lain for almost 12 hours with broken bones is facing fines and a possible termination of its ability to collect funds from Medicare and Medicaid after a state review found conditions there harmful to residents.

The 76-year-old resident fell out of bed while her bedding was changed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 19 -- breaking both legs and her left shoulder. Rescue workers weren't summoned to take her to the hospital until after the next shift came on about 4:45 p.m., according to a police report. Ultimately, however, she died six days after she fell.

The report states that the resident's x-rays were completed by 8:40 a.m. the day she fell, but the nursing facility's staff didn't read them until 4 p.m.
"There was no evidence of the staff attempting to secure the (x-ray) results before then, even after the resident complained of pain," the report states. For more, please read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights ofthe victims of nursing homeandassisted living neglectand abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville,Charlottesville, and across Virginia.