Nursing homes are supposed to provide a safe and healthy environment for our elderly loved ones. Sometimes that is not the case. In fact, hundreds of nursing home residents are injured every year because of neglect or abuse. It is difficult to know that our parent was harmed because of neglect at the very place that was believed to be protecting them. A recent lawsuit filed in Cook County brings to light the problem of nursing home neglect. The lawsuit claims that a man was seriously injured and died because of negligence at Southpoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The lawsuit was brought by the man’s estate on behalf of the man’s sister.
Nursing Home Fall Led to Death
Falls can cause serious injuries, especially to the elderly. According to the CDC, Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, 1,800 nursing home residents die each year because of a fall. The man in this case was, according to the lawsuit, not adequately supervised or assisted, causing him to fall. Further, he was not properly assessed and no medical treatment was rendered. The next day he complained of pain and was finally transported to the hospital. He was diagnosed with a fractured hip which required surgery. According to the lawsuit, the man’s health declined following the surgery and he later died.