Earlier this month, the daughter of a Virginia woman was awarded $300,000 in damages after a wrongful death trial against the nursing home where she had fallen 8 times in less than a year, plus another fall that ultimately caused her death in August 2012.
The deceased, 87 year old Alice Allen, fell in her room at Colonial Manor on Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg, VA. She suffered a subdural hematoma and was not taken to an emergency room until the next day, despite taking blood thinners. A nurse who served as an expert witness for the plaintiff stated during trial that “Any prudent nurse with an unwitnessed fall with a possible head injury on [a blood thinner] would be sent to the emergency room immediately following the fall. Time is of the essence.”
The nurse also testified that it did not appear that the facility had a well developed plan for fall prevention or treatment, which was evident by the number of falls Ms. Allen had endured and by the manner in which she was treated after her fatal fall in August 2012.