A jury in Roanoke, Virginia has awarded 6.5 million dollars to a nursing home patient who fell from her bed. The man was at risk for falling out of bed and the nursing home failed to implement adequate preventative measures.  A nursing home is required to initiate all appropriate interventions to prevent falls.  According to published reports the plaintiff claimed that the fall was caused by the nursing home’s failure to apply and monitor a fall alarm in her bed. The plaintiff claimed almost $75,000.00 in medical and related expenses because of the injury. Prior to trial the nursing home did not make any offer to settle the case.  Bad bet by that insurance company.

 

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