When our loved one enters a nursing home we trust that they will provide the care and support necessary. Sometimes that is not the case. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in Cook County against a nursing and rehab center claiming that negligence led to a man’s serious injuries and death. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the man’s estate and is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000.
Nursing Home Falls
Falls are the most common reason for injuries in the elderly. Many falls occur in nursing homes and care facilities and sadly, serious injuries are often the result. Falls are preventable. When a loved one suffers an injury due to a fall it is likely due to the negligence of the caregivers. Lack of sufficient supervision is one of the main reasons that falls happen. Facilities may be understaffed or may not have the training needed to provide proper care to patients. Residents may try to move about without help, which can be dangerous.
Injuries Due to Falls
It is estimated that as many as half of all nursing home residents suffer from a fall at some point during their stay at the facility. This number may actually be low, because many times nursing home falls are not reported. When an elderly person suffers a fall, he or she is very likely to sustain a serious injury. Some of the most common injuries include bruises, scrapes and cuts, broken bones, back injuries, and head trauma. In this case, the man reportedly fell multiple times, causing pain and injuries that led to a decline in his general health. This decline in health led to his death.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes are required by law to provide proper care to all residents. Before accepting a resident, nursing homes review their medical records to determine whether they are able to provide the care the person requires. If the facility accepts the person, they must properly care for him or her. Nursing home neglect happens when a resident is not provided the supervision and care they need, and an injury occurs. Falls are one sign that nursing home neglect has occurred, and an indication that it could happen again in the future.
Inadequate Medical Attention
Elderly residents in nursing homes typically require regular medical treatment. When a fall causes an injury, the person should be seen by a doctor as a precaution, even if there are no immediate signs of harm. In this instance, the nursing home staff did not provide medical attention when it was needed. Prompt medical treatment can often help minimize some injuries suffered in a fall. Apparently, the man in this case was severely injured and the treatment was not fast enough. When a nursing home resident is hurt it may be because of neglect. An experienced attorney will review your situation and help determine what happened. If you or a loved one was injured by nursing home neglect, call Levin & Perconti to learn your options.
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