A nursing home resident died after he fell from the fifth floor window of his residence. The family of the man filed a lawsuit against the nursing facility alleging negligence and poor supervision led to the accident. The suit names Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd. and their parent company stating that they failed to properly supervise the man while under their care. The man died from injuries sustained in the fall. Attorneys from Levin & Perconti represent the family in the lawsuit.
Nursing homes must provide residents with proper supervision to ensure their safety and well-being. In this case, the man was not monitored properly and was allowed to fall from the window. The complaint also alleges that the nursing home did not maintain the window area properly, causing a hazardous condition. The nursing home should have been aware that the window was dangerous and yet they did not supervise the resident. Their inadequate supervision allowed the man to fall from the fifth floor window to his death.
Reasons for Poor Supervision
There are many reasons why nursing homes may not provide adequate care to their residents. The nursing home may be understaffed. When there are not enough workers to care for the needs of the patients accidents and injuries can occur more frequently. Other times, the staff may not be properly trained in their functions at the nursing home. They must be taught the requirements of care that are expected in every situation while at work. Management of the nursing home may not be sufficiently prepared to handle the many responsibilities of running a care facility.
Injury Prevention in Nursing Homes
Most accidents and injuries in nursing homes can be prevented. The accident that occurred in this instance could certainly have been avoided with proper building maintenance and sufficient supervision of the resident. Each resident must be evaluated to determine their specific needs. Since the physical and mental needs of the patient may change over time, their condition must be reviewed periodically to ensure that they are provided with the support they need.
Nursing Home Neglect
Neglectful care is almost always apparent before a serious accident or injury happens. Family members need to be aware of the signs of nursing home neglect which include both physical and psychological symptoms. For example, a resident may have unexplained bruises, cuts, or broken bones which may be the result of an unreported fall. When someone is being neglected they could become emotionally distant or they may become withdrawn. Very often, the victim himself may not want to bring the neglectful care to your attention for fear of causing problems. If you do suspect neglect it is important to report it immediately. It is also essential to have your loved one evaluated by a doctor to ensure that there are no unseen injuries.
If your loved one suffered a serious injury or died because of improper care in a nursing home, call the compassionate legal team at Levin & Perconti to schedule a consultation.
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