Police investigate nursing home for death of resident after fall

Police are investigating a Florida nursing home for possible abuse or neglect after the death of an patient who suffered multiple fractures after a fall fron her bed as her bedding was being changed. The patient laid in pain in her bed all day but an ambulance was not summoned for 12 hours. The patient subsequently died.

Barbara Fasold, age 76, was a resident at Ridgecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Deland, Flordia. Fasold fell from her bed around 5am. A caregiver, who was in the room at the time of the fall, placed her back into bed but did not summon any medical services for the patient. An ambulance was not called until 4:42 pm when the nursing shift changed.

When Fasold was taken to the hospital, doctors discovered that she had a broken shoulder and two broken legs. Police are investigating whether nursing home abuse or neglect contributed to her death.

Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can include bedsores, falls, dehydration, bruises, frequent bladder infections, malnutrition or medication errors.

This information is provided by Washignton Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been severely injured in nursing home falls and those who have been seriously injured by abuse or neglect.

With the help of The Farber Law Group, a law firm with more than 30 years experience in representing nursing home neglect cases, we may help recover compensation for damages including pain and suffering.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

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Source: WESH.com, Orlando, Florida
Posted 10:56 am EST February 26, 2010