Nursing homes and other care facilities are supposed to be safe places where the elderly and others can recuperate and rest. We expect that our loved one will receive the care they need; however, this is not always the case. A woman recently filed a lawsuit in Cook County citing negligence against Warren Barr North Shore, LLC, a care facility. The woman was severely injured due to the negligence of a caregiver, who dropped her while transferring her into a wheelchair. The woman is represented by Levin & Perconti.
One of the most common procedures that must be completed at nursing homes and care facilities is the transfer of immobile patients between the wheelchair and bed or chair. In this instance, the caregiver did not properly transfer the woman into the wheelchair and she fell. The woman suffered a severe laceration on her leg, however, the caregiver failed to inform her doctor of the injury. The lawsuit holds the facility responsible, as well as the individual staff worker who caused the injury.
Falls are the cause of some of the most serious injuries to the elderly. The woman in this case was dropped by a caregiver, falling against the wheelchair. Dropping a patient is clearly a negligent act. Staff members must take the proper steps to ensure the safety of patients. Management needs to provide training to their employees on how to safely transfer people in and out of wheelchairs. Some transfers may require two or more staff members in order to keep patients secure.
The woman in this situation suffered a deep and painful cut on her leg which required stitches and hospitalization. To make matters worse, the cut was not reported to her doctor in a timely manner. This likely caused the laceration to worsen. Luckily, the woman survived this dangerous condition. Sadly, many elderly people die as a result of injuries suffered in nursing homes. When wounds go untreated for a period of time, as in this case, the patient could suffer additional pain and complications such as infections.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes and care facilities must adhere to the standards and rules set forth as part of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. This legislation helps to protect the rights and safety of all patients and residents. Neglect is all too common an occurrence in care facilities. Although the caregiver in this case did not intend to harm the patient, the accident did result in severe injuries.
The staff member did not follow proper procedures when transferring a patient. Once the injury occurred, the facility should have immediately sought medical treatment and should have informed the patient’s doctor of the situation. Failure to seek medical care is harmful to patients and contributed to the severity of the injury. Those who were hurt due to nursing home neglect or abuse may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
If you or a loved one were seriously hurt because of neglect in a nursing home, call the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to learn your options.
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