Anthony Fallone's death 'accidental', says coroner

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Antony Fallone
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Scans revealed Mr Fallone's spine was dislocated

A 91-year-old man whose family alleged neglect at a care home probably died as a result of injuries suffered in a fall in Scotland, an inquest has heard.

Anthony Fallone had moved from Scotland to Madeira Lodge residential home in Weston-super-Mare in 2009.

He left the care home in November 2009 and died in hospital from pneumonia, Flax Bourton Coroners Court heard.

Recording a verdict of accidental death the coroner said the spinal injury had probably been suffered in Scotland.

No-one from Maderia Lodge residential home who was at the inquest commented on the verdict.

Mr Fallone's daughter Lynne Torsteinsen told the hearing that he became "quiet and withdrawn" after a few weeks at the care home.

During his subsequent stay in hospital CT scans revealed his spine was dislocated in the neck area.

Recording his verdict the coroner said there was "no evidence" Mr Fallone had been abused or suffered neglect at Maderia Lodge.

He said the injury was "probably sustained during a fall in Scotland in August but never picked up at the time".

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