A woman resident of a Chicago nursing home died after suffering from severe injuries after a fall. The woman, a resident of the Renaissance at 87th Street, fell and hit her head, causing permanent harm. The women subsequently died and a lawsuit was filed on behalf of her estate. Unfortunately, falls are all too common in nursing homes, yet they are often preventable. Falls are often due to negligence on the part of the caregivers or staff or because of unsafe conditions. The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Elderly people are more prone to falls and are more often seriously injured than younger people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, elderly people are at a higher than normal risk for traumatic brain injuries if they suffer a fall. When an older individual falls they may not be able to break the fall and thus may hit the ground hard. For some people, mobility is difficult and therefore they may be more apt to fall. Nursing homes and care centers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their residents, regardless of their age or condition. In this case, the woman suffered a fall while under the care of the nursing home. The fall was serious enough to cause her to develop a seizure disorder, according to the lawsuit.
Closed Head Injuries
A closed head injury is a traumatic injury that affects the brain and is caused by a sudden or hard blow. When the injury occurs, the brain actually hits against the skull, causing great harm. It differs from an open head injury in that nothing has penetrated the brain. A closed head injury may range in severity from mild to severe. One of the most causes for this type of injury is a severe fall. A closed head injury is a type of traumatic brain injury, TBI. The woman in this case suffered a very severe disability after hitting her head in the fall. There are many symptoms that may occur after suffering head trauma that indicate a problem. Some of these include:
· Loss of Consciousness · Seizures · Headaches · Dizziness · Nausea or Vomiting · Problems with Vision · Speech or Language Difficulties · Respiratory Problems
Negligent Care in Nursing Homes
Falls in nursing homes are very often caused by negligence or careless actions on the part of the staff or caregivers. Because older individuals are more apt to fall extra care must be given to ensure a safe environment exists. Additionally, caregivers must be available to patients to assist them when they need to move around. In some cases, the patient requires help getting up and walking to the bathroom. A fall may be an indication of negligent care, also called nursing home abuse or neglect. In this case, the lawsuit states that the nursing home was negligent and caused permanent injuries and disabilities to the woman, as well as disfigurement and pain and suffering. The injuries led to her ultimate death.
In situations such as this one, negligent actions of the nursing home staff caused harm and death to a resident. When a loved one has been injured or has died because of nursing home negligence you need help from a qualified professional legal team. Contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation today.
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