An Illinois man recently filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Niles, IL. According to an article in the Niles Herald –Spectator, the nursing home failed to treat the resident’s injured hand after he fell at the home. As a result of his injury, his right ring finger became gangrenous and required surgery to amputate his finger one month after his fall.
The resident fell on December 7, 2008, despite being at high risk for falls according to nursing home assessments. He injured his hand during the fall, but the nursing home staff failed to record his injury in their notes. Twelve days later, a nurse observed that his finger was swollen and required monitoring, but the nursing home again failed to record any notes on his injury. It was not until January 4, 2009 that staff discovered his finger was necrotic, and several days later his finger was amputated.
According to the complaint, the nursing home failed to supervise the resident and failed to discover or treat his injured finger in a timely manner. The Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys at Levin & Perconti have handled a number of cases in which nursing homes failed to properly supervise residents. When nursing homes fail to adequately supervise residents, falls, elopement or nursing home abuse may occur and may lead to injury or death. Nursing homes are responsible for monitoring residents to protect them from harms such as these. Nursing home staff members are also responsible for evaluating and treating health problems in a timely manner. If Glenbridge staff had addressed the resident’s injury initially, they may have prevented it from progressing to the point of amputation.