The Galveston Daily News reported the wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Rachel Mohr after Regent Care Center failed to prevent her fall, appropriately assess her after the fall, and transfer her to the hospital for emergency care. Mohr was a high fall risk, but a care plan and nursing interventions to prevent a fall weren’t followed: low bed position and floor mats and a bed alarm weren’t used contrary to a physician’s orders.
On March 4, Mohr was heard yelling for help and found on the floor next to her bed. Mohr suffered head trauma and was bleeding after the fall. Instead of doing an assessment or transferring her to the hospital, nursing home employees placed her back in bed. Mohr was later discovered unconscious and nonresponsive. Mohr was finally taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
The lawsuit also claims Regent Care Center’s nurses were not adequately trained or apprised of Mohr’s care plan.
Relatives requested on 10 occasions and provided authorization for copies of Mohr’s medical chart, but Regent Care Center refused to provide the chart. “Defendants refused to produce the chart on the basis that its lawyer had the chart and further refused to provide the lawyer’s identity and contact information,” the lawsuit claims. Residents and their family members have a right to be provided a copy of the chart within 48 hours of a written request. But nursing homes often send the chart to lawyers to "fix" any blanks or other documentation failures.
Relatives attempted to settle out of court with the center for $275,000, according to a letter which is on file with the lawsuit.