Nursing care facilities are often the best places for elderly people as they recover from medical problems. A nursing home offers the supervision and care needed, and may be a transitional care provider after surgery. A woman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of her mother, a resident in a care facility. The mother was living I The Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights for recovery following a stroke.
Nursing Home Care
Nursing homes are required to provide proper care for residents, regardless of their needs. In some cases, as in this one, the woman required special assistance because she was healing after suffering from a stroke. The woman needed help with her daily activities, including walking to and from the bathroom. According to the lawsuit, the woman was left unsupervised when she fell as she walked to the bathroom. This accident was a case of nursing home neglect because the staff failed to provide proper care, leaving the woman alone.
Fall Caused Permanent Injuries
The woman in this case suffered severe and permanent injuries as the result of the fall. Luckily in this case, the woman did not die from her injuries. Falls can be very serious, especially in the elderly. Older individuals have weaker bones, which could fracture more easily in a fall. Some of the most common injuries caused by falls include head trauma, bruises, fractured hips, and broken arms or legs. Injuries of these types could take quite a long time to heal, and may require long-term medical treatment including surgery.
Falls are Preventable
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, falls that require emergency medical treatment occur to thousands of people every year. Falls to the elderly are more common than for younger people. This may be because of medication, illness, injury, or pain, among other issues. While falls are preventable, they are still all too common among nursing home residents. As many as half of all nursing home residents will suffer a fall during their stay and many will suffer multiple falls.
Negligence in Nursing Homes
Falls can be prevented with proper care and supervision. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or have poorly trained staff. This can leave patients alone, without the help they need. The results can be quite serious. As in this case, residents often need help getting in and out of bed and assistance getting to and from the bathroom. Patients cannot wait to use the toilet and therefore they often try to walk by themselves, even though it is dangerous. A fall in a nursing home is very likely a sign of neglect and must be reported.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
Many people mistakenly believe that the nursing home resident is the only one responsible for a fall. Actually, the nursing home and staff are to be held accountable for the safety of all residents. When a resident needs help walking, the nursing home must provide a caregiver to assist. If your loved one was injured because of a fall in a nursing home, do not delay. The law limits the time you have to file a claim, which is typically two years from the time of occurrence. Contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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