It has been reported that the estate of a Virginia nursing home resident has filed a Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit against a local nursing home for the death of the resident eight days after the resident fell and was severely injured while a nursing home employee was using a Hoyer lift to transfer her from her bed. The Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the nursing home was negligent because two people were required when using the Hoyer lift to transfer the resident but only one person was operating the Hoyer lift when the resident fell.
The Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the 87-year-old resident was an amputee who was mentally compromised with a limited ability to communicate. The resident was totally dependent on the defendant nursing home’s staff for her daily needs, including being transferred from her bed.
On April 15, 2016 at 5:40 a.m., a nursing assistant who was using the Hoyer lift “dropped” the resident. As a result, the resident suffered multiple compression fractures to her lumbar spine. During the eight days after her fall, the resident allegedly was not provided appropriate pain medication at the defendant nursing home. The Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit further alleges that the resident should have been sent to the hospital after being dropped and sustaining spinal fractures but, instead, the defendant nursing home chose to keep her in its facility where her care was negligently managed.
The Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit further alleges that the resident had previously been injured as a result of transfers using the Hoyer lift in the months prior to her last fall (the elderly woman had been a resident of the defendant nursing home from April 2011 until she died, on April 23, 2016).
The Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit also alleges that the defendant nursing home had failed to correct deficiencies and safety violations that had been cited as a result of surveys by the Virginia Department of Health conducted in 2015 and 2016, including the alleged failure to immediately notify a resident’s physician after a resident fell at the facility.
The Virginia nursing home wrongful death lawsuit reportedly seeks compensatory damages from the defendant nursing home in excess of $2 million.
A statement issued by the defendant nursing home after it was sued but before it was served with the lawsuit states, in part: ” … nothing is more important to Williamsburg Landing than the health and safety of our residents. These remain Williamsburg Landing’s top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any resident’s medical care. This process will continue with this matter and will ensure that Williamsburg Landing can continue to provide the highest quality care to all of its residents.”
If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in Virginia or in another U.S. state due to nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, nursing home under-staffing, or a nursing home fall, you should promptly find a nursing home claim attorney in your state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf or behalf of your loved one, if appropriate.
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