A woman has filed a lawsuit against a nursing home alleging she sustained injuries due to negligence. The woman was a resident of The Ponds of Wealshire, where the negligence took place, according to the lawsuit. The woman was treated roughly, was scratched and had other injuries that were caused by the careless actions of the staff. Additionally, the call button in her room was disconnected and her husband was not allowed entrance to visit her. The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages because of violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.
Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing homes are required by law to provide a specific standard of care. Staff workers and caregivers must be available to assist residents with their needs. This is often accomplished with a call button. The button, like those in hospitals, lets staff know when help is needed. In this case, the lawsuit claims that the call button in the woman’s room was disconnected. Regardless of how often a patient requires help, they must be able to request it. Elderly residents in nursing homes have a variety of needs that may require assistance. For example, residents may require help getting out of bed, walking to the bathroom, or eating.
Rights of Nursing Home Residents
Nursing home residents have rights. Residents are allowed to have visitors as long as the visits comply with the rules of the facility. The nursing home should not deny visitation by a loved one, as allegedly occurred in this case. Nursing homes are not supposed to be prisons for the elderly. Instead, they need to provide a safe yet structured environment for those who are living there. If a resident’s rights are denied it could be a case of nursing home negligence or abuse.
Injuries at Nursing Homes
Injuries are quite common in nursing homes. In fact, a typical 200 bed nursing facility reports about 100 falls per year. It is reasonable to consider that additional falls may occur but go unreported. Falls are among the leading cause of nursing home injuries. Falls can and should be prevented. Facilities need to ensure that they are adequately staffed to provide the assistance required by residents. Further, caregivers must have the necessary training to provide safe transport and transference for patients. Another of the common injuries at nursing homes is the pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers or bedsores should not occur. When they do, they are often a sign of negligent care.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Nursing home neglect or abuse can happen at any facility. Residents may be unable or unwilling to report the problems. Relatives should be attentive to any signs that abuse or neglect has occurred. Bruises, broken bones, and bedsores may be visible. The person may not want to discuss the situation or may become depressed or uncommunicative. If abuse or neglect is noted it must be reported and medical attention must be requested. When your loved one was seriously hurt because of negligence or abuse in a nursing home you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other expenses. Contact Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation to learn more about how to proceed.
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