Nursing homes should be considered safe places for our loved ones, but that may not always be the case. There are many reported incidents of neglect and abuse that result in serious injuries or death. Some of these injuries occur because of lack of supervision. A lawsuit was recently filed against a nursing home alleging that their negligence caused the injuries and death of a resident. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County on behalf of the estate of the man who died.
Wheelchair Fall Caused Injuries
According to the report, the man’s injuries were the result of a fall from his wheelchair. While the details are not provided, the fall may have occurred when the man tried to get out of his chair. This is a common problem, because if patients are left alone for too long in their wheelchairs they may need to try to get up. This may happen, for example, if they need to go to the bathroom. A fall from a wheelchair should never occur if the nursing home is providing proper supervision.
Failure to Supervise
Nursing homes must provide proper care to patients at all times. This includes supervising them and helping them with their daily needs. Caregivers may not always be available to help residents. This could be due to understaffing, poor management or a combination of these and other factors. In this instance, there was a clear failure to supervise the resident while he was in the wheelchair. More should have been done to protect him from harm.
Falls in Nursing Homes
Falls are a leading cause of serious injury in elderly people, and nursing homes are one of the places where they occur most often. Older individuals are more likely to fall because they may be unsteady or may have medical problems that inhibit their mobility. When an elderly person suffers a fall, the injuries are likely to be serious. In this case, the man suffered serious injuries that led to his death. The most common injuries from falls are broken bones, bruises, and head injuries. Broken bones, such as a fractured hip, may require surgery and will lead to an overall decline in health.
Prevention of Falls
Falls in nursing homes are preventable. Adequate supervision is the best way for nursing homes to prevent injuries to patients. Adequate supervision requires staff members to observe residents, and also be available to assist them when they need it. More efficient methods of requesting help may need to be implemented by the nursing home management. Better training may be required to ensure that employees understand how to properly provide care to the elderly. It is important to note that the needs of a resident may change over time while they reside in a nursing home. Continued evaluation of their requirements is essential to providing safe and competent care.
If your loved one suffered injuries because of nursing home neglect, you may be entitled to collect damages. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti for a consultation today.
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