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Risk for burn injuries in nursing homes is a continental problem

A Canadian family just called for the government to hold an inquiry into the death of a 51-year-old woman due to nursing home abuse and neglect. The woman received first, second and third-degree burns to 15% of her body after being lowered into a scalding hot bath. She had cerebral palsy and could not cry out in pain and died as a result of the burn injuries. This was not the first time a Canadian nursing home was guilty of this type of abuse and neglect. A 90-year-old woman recently died after sustaining burn injuries from being lowered into a burning hot tub. This was a clear cut case of negligence; one staff member filled the bath tub with the torrid water and left, while another entered and lowered the woman into the bath without checking the temperature. In addition, the staff member delayed calling an ambulance for more than an hour.

A $1,500,000 settlement against a Chicago area nursing home was awarded for the family of an 87-year-old resident who died after being lowered into 185 degree water. The water came from an industrial coffee urn from the facility’s staff kitchen. Steven M. Levin and Susan L. Novosad of Chicago, Illinois law firm Levin & Perconti represented the family.

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