News4Jax reported the tragic and preventable death of Nadine McBurnett while a resident at Terrace of Jacksonville nursing home.  McBurnett suffered a preventable fall at the home but the facility failed to contact the family or provide emergency care for over three hours.

The family is suing the nursing home entrusted with her care.  Letter of intent to sue  They said if she had gotten timely medical attention, she would not have died, and they said the facility has been covering it up.

 

The family said McBurnett was having her bed sheets changed by a nursing assistant, and the railing on the bed was pulled down.  McBurnett required two nursing assistants to safely transfer her, but at the time of her fall, only one was helping her.  McBurnett fell off the bed and was severely injured.  The caregivers just cleaned the blood up and put her back in the bed. There was a video camera outside McBurnett’s room door, but the facility deleted the video

McBurnett’s wounds were not addressed, because when she went to the hospital, she was covered in bruises on her head and shoulders. The ambulance company report said McBurnett had a large 4-5-inch long and 1.5-2-inch wide hematoma beginning just above her right eye.  She remained alive for around another month, but with a painful broken hip.

“If this has been a child, if this had been a teenager, if this had been a young mom, or excuse me, if this had been a dog and this happened to them, this would be outrage. This would be everywhere,” her daughter Patte Wallace said. “But this is an old lady who looks pathetic right there, and they see her as no value.”

 

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