Supervision is provided in nursing homes to ensure that residents stay safe and do not suffer injuries. Sadly, sometimes a nursing home is negligent and a patient is seriously hurt. A woman recently filed a lawsuit claiming neglect in a nursing home caused her to become permanently disabled. The woman filed the lawsuit in Cook County against Manorcare Health Services in Oak Lawn, IL. The woman seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Fall from Wheelchair
The woman in this case reportedly suffered serious injuries after she fell out of her wheelchair. According to the lawsuit, the nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision and did not secure her wheelchair to protect her from falling. Falls from wheelchairs can happen when the resident needs to stand up or reach for something and there is no caregiver to help. The patient may then attempt to stand or reach and subsequently falls out of the chair.