A lawsuit was recently filed by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the family of a woman who died after suffering negligent care in a nursing home. The woman was a resident of Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, a part of Glen Health and Home Management, Inc. The woman fell and broke her leg and suffered head trauma which ultimately led to her death. The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000 as well as litigation expenses.
Risk of Falls
Anyone may fall from time to time; however, the elderly and those who are physically disabled are much more apt to fall down. When a fall does occur, older individuals are less able to catch themselves and they may suffer severe injuries. That may be precisely what occurred in this situation. The woman was a resident of the center for two years, during which time she had some hospitalizations. She required daily care with everyday activities that included transfers and ambulation. According to the lawsuit, the woman fell, breaking her leg and hitting her head. In addition to the fracture of her right humerus, the woman also had a serious subdural hematoma.
Medical Injuries from Falls
Falls can be serious, especially for older individuals. As in this case, fractures are very common. The elderly often have bones that break more easily than others and this can turn a simple fall into something much more dangerous. A fracture requires a cast and further restricted movement. When a fracture is severe it may require surgery and complications could cause further problems such as an infection. Head injuries happen when a person hits his head during a fall, either on something nearby or directly on the ground. In this case, the woman had a subdural hematoma, a bruise on the brain.
Mistreatment of Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home neglect is something that unfortunately is a common occurrence. Thousands of elderly nursing home residents suffer harm due to neglect. A nursing home should be a safe place to reside, yet that is not always the case. In this instance, the woman relied on caregivers to move her and carelessness likely caused her to fall. Those who are unable to stand or walk on their own must rely on others to move them about as required. Neglect occurs when caregivers and others provide care that is less than adequate. Medical professionals and others are required to ensure the safety of patients at all times.
Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
When a loved one dies it can be a stressful and difficult time for the family. While nothing can be done to bring your loved one back, you can make sure that you receive justice for the negligent actions of another. You may be entitled to damages that include medical costs and money for pain and suffering. This family is represented by Levin & Perconti. Levin & Perconti is a leading nursing home abuse and neglect law firm in the Chicago area. If your loved one suffered serious injuries due to negligent care in a nursing home call the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case with a free consultation.
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