Nursing homes are required to provide a safe place for residents to live. Sometimes, however, a care facility fails to properly supervise a patient and an injury results. The family of a woman who died after a fall filed a lawsuit against the nursing home alleging negligence. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Hillside Rehab & Care and is seeking damages of more than $50,000.
Nursing Home Falls Are Serious
Thousands of older individuals suffer injuries from falls. Many of these falls occur in care facilities. Falls to the elderly can cause severe physical harm. Often the individual suffers a bone fracture or break. When this happens the patient may require surgery and significant recovery time. About half of all nursing home residents will fall at some time during their stay.
Complications Because of Falls
When the elderly suffer injuries due to falls they are more likely to lead to complications. Older individuals are less resilient and they need a much longer recuperation time after an injury. During recuperation the patient could suffer complications. For example, if the person is bedridden during recovery they could develop pressure ulcers or pneumonia as a result of reduced movement. These can lead to their untimely death.
Care Plans Are Critical
After a resident suffers an injury the nursing staff should follow a care plan. The care plan is best developed by the patient’s physician. The plan should provide specific care details that will reduce the risk of possible complications. The doctor should examine the patient any time there is a change to his condition. For example, the physician must examine the patient at the onset of a pressure ulcer. This will help to keep it from worsening and threatening an infection.
Failure to Provide Proper Care
When a resident at a nursing home suffers an injury due to a fall it was likely preventable. The nursing home staff failed to provide adequate assistance or support, which allowed the resident to fall. Nursing homes may be understaffed or their care providers may not be properly trained. Regardless of the reasons, inadequate care is considered neglect. Nursing home neglect should be reported and those responsible held accountable.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect should never be tolerated. If neglect is suspected it may be necessary to seek assistance from a qualified attorney. Your lawyer will review the situation and help to determine whether neglect has taken place. If it has, the victim or his family may need to file a claim for damages. The injury likely caused the victim to incur a great deal of medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. These are damages that would not have happened if the neglectful care did not occur.
Nursing home neglect is a serious concern for residents and their relatives. If your relative was injured or died as the result of nursing home neglect, contact Levin & Perconti to set up a consultation to discuss your options.
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