A trial is currently underway that stems from the lawsuit that was filed following the death of resident who fell from her hospital bed. As reported by Naples News, the suit stems from an event that occurred in March of 2009.
The 76-year old victim was taken to the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital emergency room after experiencing shortness of breath; she then suffered a stroke in the ER. Following her stroke the woman was well known as a fall risk. However, after a few hours of time in the hospital, the nurses went to check on the woman to discover her face down in a pool of blood on the floor. The woman had a broken nose, black eyes, and fractured teeth. The very next day after that fall the woman had passed away.
Like similar Illinois nursing home lawsuits, the family of the victim in this case eventually filed a suit against the woman’s caregivers for their failure to prevent the deadly fall.
These and similar events are far too common an occurrence. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control noted that falls are the leading cause of accidental death among our elderly community members. In fact, a second lawsuit was actually filed against the very same hospital following a patient fall. In that previous case a 91-year old patient was found on the floor of her room after falling out of her bed. That victim had a known balance problem. She broke her hip in the fall and died two weeks later.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that far too many of our area seniors are not protected from dangerous slips and stumbles that have deadly effects on their health. When these community members are in the care of those at hospitals and nursing homes it is imperative that those caregivers take charge of their safety and prevent these falls.
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