Supervision is provided in nursing homes to ensure that residents stay safe and do not suffer injuries. Sadly, sometimes a nursing home is negligent and a patient is seriously hurt. A woman recently filed a lawsuit claiming neglect in a nursing home caused her to become permanently disabled. The woman filed the lawsuit in Cook County against Manorcare Health Services in Oak Lawn, IL. The woman seeks damages of more than $50,000.
Fall from Wheelchair
The woman in this case reportedly suffered serious injuries after she fell out of her wheelchair. According to the lawsuit, the nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision and did not secure her wheelchair to protect her from falling. Falls from wheelchairs can happen when the resident needs to stand up or reach for something and there is no caregiver to help. The patient may then attempt to stand or reach and subsequently falls out of the chair.
Wheelchairs can be dangerous, particularly when patients are left in them for long periods of time without monitoring them. There are wheelchair seatbelts and other types of restraints that may be useful in keeping patients from falling or slipping out of their seat. However, some nursing homes may consider seatbelts as unallowable restraints. In this case, the patient’s doctor should provide a medical order to restrain the resident while sitting in a wheelchair. It is important to understand that if a restraint is used, the patient must be supervised at all times.
Pain and Damages
The woman in this case suffered severe pain and medical injuries as a result of the fall. The injuries are described as permanently disabling. The nursing home is being blamed for the woman’s injuries because they were neglectful in allowing the accident to happen. Luckily, the woman survived the accident, but is now disabled because of it. The nursing home is accused of negligence and the woman is asking for them to pay all of her associated medical expenses.
Prevention of Injuries
We expect that our elderly loved ones are safe while residing in a nursing facility, yet that may not always be the case. The facility must provide enough quality care to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring. Residents should not be allowed to be alone if they are in wheelchairs. Caregivers need to be trained to monitor patients and assist them when needed. If an accident does happen, medical treatment must be sought immediately, even if their injuries may not immediately seem serious.
After an Accident
Victims or their families may be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the injury. Nursing home neglect should be reported and legal action can be taken to ensure that the problem will not happen again. Those who were injured because of a fall or other accident may suffer a decline in health because of the problem. Sometimes the injury contributes to other health problems that would not have occurred otherwise. If your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect call the compassionate lawyers at Levin & Perconti for a consultation.
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