A daughter filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking damages for the death of her mother. The mother was a resident at Alden-Wentworth Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Chicago starting in October, 2012. According to the lawsuit, the woman was admitted to the hospital with severe injuries she sustained during a fall at the nursing home. The paperwork goes on to say that the woman’s injuries happened as a result of inadequate monitoring and cites the Nursing Home Care Act. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 and is requesting a jury trial.
Serious Injuries in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are supposed to be safe, secure places where our loved ones can live in their advanced years. The benefit of utilizing a nursing home facility is that our relative will receive high quality care and will be monitored to prevent accidents. This apparently was not the situation, according to this lawsuit. The woman fell and fractured her clavicle, suffered a head injury, and also had bruises on her back, neck, scalp, and face. Unfortunately, when elderly patients fall they can sustain serious or even life-threatening injuries. These injuries may directly cause a person’s death or may contribute to it. When negligence occurs it is time to speak with a reputable nursing home neglect lawyer.
Falls are Common in Nursing Homes
According to the CDC, approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die each year due to falls. Falls can be more dangerous for older individuals because it may be more difficult to recover. Further, broken bones and bruises may lead to infections and other problems that may be dangerous. Fractures take a long time to heal and they greatly reduce the mobility of the elderly. Senior citizens are more prone to falls for many reasons. They may be taking medication that could cause dizziness. They may also have weakened muscles which can make them less stable. When they do fall, older people often suffer severe injuries which may include broken bones.
Negligent Care in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are required by law to provide a level of care to their patients. The facility must be safe and the caregivers must be properly trained. They must take special care because they know that elderly individuals could have mobility difficulties. When proper care is not provided the care facility may be negligent. A nursing home is required to provide adequate care and safety for their residents. When falls occur, they may be due to lack of proper supervision, which is considered negligence. Negligent care is never acceptable and should always be reported to authorities.
Nursing Home Negligence Case
In the reported lawsuit, the daughter is seeking damages for the untimely death of her mother caused by the fall in the nursing facility. Damages include any costs that were a result of the injury. For example, damages may include medical costs, rehabilitation expenses and money for pain and suffering. These costs can be quite high and should be paid by the responsible party. Unfortunately, in this case the mother died from her injuries. If your loved one has suffered injuries or has died as a result of nursing home negligence you deserve compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case in a free consultation.
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