It's a family's worst nightmare: the death of resident at the Weatherwood Nursing Home in Weatherly has been ruled a homicide by the Luzerne County Coroner's Office.
In an article on WNEP.com, a report by the coroner says that the 86-year-old female resident was allegedly pushed by another resident on April 20. She fell and struck her head. An article on the StandardSpeaker.com says the resident died 6 hours later at Hazleton General Hospital.
An autopsy found the cause of death to be a subdural hematoma due to a fall from being pushed. The incident is under investigation by Weatherly police and the Carbon County District Attorney's Office. Medical paperwork associated with the death is reported to use the term "homicide."
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim. As a law firm that handles nursing home neglect cases, we know all too well that even when families entrust their loved ones to a skilled nursing facility, these incidents can happen. We'll continue to monitor this case as the investigation continues.