A lawsuit was filed in Cook County against a nursing home claiming a man died as the result of nursing home neglect. The man was a resident of The Gardens of Belvidere in 2014. The lawsuit states that the man fell several times while under the care of the nursing home and suffered severe injuries as a result. The man later died from a blood clot on the brain. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the man’s son and seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
Falls Are Big Problem in Nursing Homes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, nursing home falls are responsible for at least 1,800 deaths each year in the United States. Most, if not all, of these falls may have been preventable. Falls are common for older individuals for a number of reasons. Older people have less mobility so they may have difficulty standing or walking. Many elderly people take medications that could cause dizziness. Some nursing home residents may require help getting in and out of bed or to and from the bathroom. When help is not readily available they may try to walk on their own, which could cause a fall. Unfortunately, many falls are actually facilitated by staff when they careless.
Serious Injuries Due to Falls
Falls cause many different injuries. Bumps, bruises, and scrapes are minor injuries that will usually heal quickly. There are some injuries that are serious and could actually worsen over time. Fractured or broken bones happen often as a result of falling, particularly in the elderly. Fractures may require surgery and take a long time to heal in those who are older. People are immobile while the break is healing and this sedentary time can cause other dangerous problems. A head injury is another serious injury that can result from a fall. In this case, the man suffered a subdural hematoma due to the fall. This injury is life-threatening and may cause brain damage or death.
Prevention of Nursing Home Falls
Falls should not occur in nursing homes. Facilities must take precautions to ensure the safety of residents. The environment needs to be safe for those who are older and have trouble walking. This may include the use of grab bars, seats, and other devices that assist patients. Nursing homes have to employ the proper number of workers and they need to be trained. Staff members have to pay special attention to the particular requirements of each person and provide the necessary assistance.
What to Do About a Nursing Home Fall
When nursing home falls bring serious injuries or death, the incident should be reported to the authorities. Victims and their families may be owed money to pay for all the expenses that have been incurred because of the negligent fall. In this case, the lawsuit alleges that the nursing home failed to adequately supervise and monitor the man in order to prevent his injuries and death. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury due to negligence at a nursing home, contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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