May 9, 2018

Fatal Transfer From Short-Staffing

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The WYDaily reported the tragic death of a nursing home resident from a preventable improper transfer, and the family’s search for answers and justice.  Lee Cleveland Scruggs, the executor of the estate of Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer, is suing Williamsburg Landing in a neglect lawsuit, stating the home was, at times, negligent in their care of Rorer.  Court documents allege Rorer fell “at the hands of” staff on April 15, 2016, while being transferred from her bed into a hoyer lift. The lift is used for mostly or completely immobile patients.  Rorer died eight days after her fall.

“At all pertinent times, Fannye was a helpless, mentally compromised, one-eyed amputee with inter alia limited communication ability, who was totally dependent on defendant… for her basic activities of daily living … and everything else,” according to a civil complaint filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

According to court documents, Rorer was a resident patient at Woodhaven Hall at Williamsburg Landing from April 2011 to April 23, 2016, when she died.  In those five years, the family paid over $600,000 for her care, the complaint said.

The complaint cites multiple surveys completed by the Virginia Department of Health in 2015 and 2016 which cited the nursing home for safety violations, including not immediately notifying a doctor when a patient fell, not developing an “appropriate” care plan for another patient, and more.  The complaint states Rorer was injured at least six times during transfers using a hoyer lift in the months leading up to her fall and death.

Rorer was dropped around 5:40 a.m. April 15, 2016, while being transferred out of her bed by a single nursing assistant. Employees later told Rorer’s family the transfer should have been made by two people, the complaint states.  X-rays after the fall showed Rorer had multiple compression fractures on her lumbar spine.


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