An Indiana nursing home is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its Alzheimer’s residents died from falling out of a wheelchair. The 76-year-old patient passed away two days after falling out of her wheelchair face first. The patient died on January 28, 2011, but the nursing home in question did not report her death until seven days after the fact.
It is required by a nursing home to report an unknown death within a 24 hour time frame of the death taking place. The nursing home resident had fallen out of her wheelchair one time prior to her fatal accident. On December 29, she was found by a nurse on the ground near her wheelchair. She did not sustain any injuries in the first accident. Unfortunately, in the second fall the resident was not as lucky.
On January 26, 2011, the woman was found again by a nurse at the home after falling out of her wheelchair. The elderly patient sustained severe injuries, including a fractured vertebra in her neck. She was taken to a hospital that same day where she was given a cervical collar. Two days after the hospital visit, the woman passed away. The nursing home failed to call the coroner at that time to report the death.
The lawsuit was filed by the daughter of the deceased patient, and claims that the nursing home acted negligently in handling her mother’s death. The lawsuit also accuses the nursing home of medical malpractice, negligence, and wrongful death.