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Poor Supervision Leads to Fatal Nursing Home Fall

State officials have recently cited a nursing home for poor treatment of a resident leading to his death. The Star Tribune reported on the details of the situation. State officials released information on the citation it issued this week against the facility whose negligence contributed to the death of a resident who died after hitting his head in the nursing home fall out his wheelchair.

Upon giving out the sanction state investigators with the state’s Office of Health Facilities Complaints reported that the facility, “did not assess, monitor, and treat [the resident] in a timely manner” following the fall in March of this year. The man slipped out of his wheelchair early in the morning and was found on the floor. He was aided back into his chair. However, following the fall he was not checked-up on by staff members at nearly the timeliness required by accepted nursing practices.

Safe practices require intensive monitoring of fall victims, particularly in the first few hours after the accident. With elderly victims, even seemingly innocuous accidents could post life-threatening dangers. That is why close observation is required to account for even the slightest change in condition. Unfortunately, that proper monitoring was absent in the case.

As a result, the man’s condition deteriorated quickly. He was eventually taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his wounds, but it was too late. He died two days later from a massive intracranial hemorrhage. The fall caused bleeding around his head which put pressure on his brain and ultimately deprived him of oxygen.

Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have worked with many fall victims who were not supervised properly by nursing home staff members. One of the most fundamental aspects of close nursing home care is the extra sets of eyes that are always around ensuring that many vulnerable elderly victims do not end up in situations that could cause them harm. Negligence is clear with nursing home wandering or elopement and when follow-up care is haphazard.

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