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Lawsuit Alleges Nurses Tied Resident to Wheelchair and Injected a Sedative to Keep Her Quiet

When we place our loved ones in the care of a nursing home, we expect they will receive quality care. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence and abuse are all too common due in part to overworked nurses, under-trained staff, and/or a simple lack of interest by nursing home staff. A lawsuit may be the only way to seek justice and compensation for damages. It may also be a means to improve safety and quality of care.

An 84-year-old Virginia woman was admitted to a nursing home in September 2015, with varying degrees of cognitive impairment. She relied on nursing staff for medical services and to help her bathe, eat and dress. One day, her daughter received an anonymous phone call from a staff member at the facility, telling her about an incident and that she should check on her mother’s well-being. That call eventually led to a lawsuit against the nursing home, its administrator, the director of nursing, two nurses and the facility’s management company.

According to the claim, the resident was tied to a wheelchair with bed sheets and injected with a powerful narcotic drug in an effort to keep her quiet. The physical and chemical restraints forced on the elderly woman were reportedly kept in place overnight, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit says facility administrators didn’t notify the woman’s daughter of the alleged incident, fired staff nurses who reported it, and attempted to “cover up” the situation in an effort to minimize negative publicity. The suit also claims at least one other resident was tied down to a wheelchair during the time the woman was confined. The facility’s management denies the allegations and said staff members were fired because they posted the allegations on social media. The lawsuit seeks $17 million in damages.

According to a Health Department report, the facility has enacted a correction plan, including training staff on recognizing abuse and abuse reporting. The document says the correction plan is required by federal and state laws and is not an admission or agreement by the facility of the state’s findings.

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If you or a loved one suffered physical or emotional injuries because a nursing home was negligent or failed to fulfill its care obligations, you may have grounds for a nursing home negligence case. Contact an experience attorney as soon as possible. Then, if you are considering lawsuit funding to help with your financial needs, consider Lawsuit Financial. Visit us online to complete our quick and easy application or call our office at -877-377-SUIT (7848) to discuss your financial needs.