Unauthorized Mattress Change by Nurse’s Aide Causes Semi-Paralyzed Resident to Become Entrapped and Suffocate

Case Results | October 13, 2017

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An elderly woman was at a nursing home for long-term care and had recently suffered a stroke.  She was found dead in her bed with her body wedged between the mattress and bedrails.  It was discovered that a licensed practical nurse switched the resident’s type of mattress, without obtaining the required physician order, and failed to adjust the bedrails leaving a large gap.  We were able resolve this case a confidential six-figure settlement.