Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where our elderly loved ones can enjoy their final stage of life. Sometimes, however, the facility fails to protect our relatives and may even be negligent by failing to provide the supervised care that we expect. This situation happened to a woman, who died as a result of alleged negligence on the part of The British Home for Retired Men and Women. A nursing home neglect lawsuit was filed by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the woman’s daughter. The woman was a resident of the facility from June through November, 2014.
Many Nursing Home Residents Need Assistance
One of the reasons elderly people decide to move into nursing homes is because they require special assistance with their daily lives. This was the situation with the woman in this lawsuit. She entered the facility with requirements for help with daily activities which included transfers and ambulation. She likely was rather immobile and needed help to walk around her room and to the bathroom. According to the suit, the woman fell several times while at the nursing home suffering a head wound and a broken hip. Nursing home staff must provide the amount of help each patient needs. When they fail to assist residents they are likely negligent.
Falls Are the Most Common Nursing Home Injury
Although they should not occur, falls are very common among nursing home residents. Most, if not all, of falls in nursing facilities could be prevented. They may often be caused by negligence when the staff fails to adequately supervise the patients. There may be a lack of staffing resources or inadequate training, or both. Nursing home residents may require a great deal of help in getting around, including walking to the bathroom. When left unsupervised, falls can occur. Falls among the elderly may cause serious injuries such as the ones suffered by the woman in this case. She suffered two major falls with injuries that contributed to her health deterioration and her death.
Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
Many nursing homes across the country provide less than adequate care. The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires nursing homes to provide specific levels of care to residents. When a nursing home is found to be neglectful the facility may face not only legal penalties, but also a potential lawsuit. There are many signs to look for in your elderly relative that could signal nursing home neglect. Unexplained bruises, broken bones, and pressure sores are all indications of neglectful care. It is important to realize that your loved one may be unwilling or unable to report the neglectful acts, so it is imperative that you remain vigilant.
When Negligence Occurs
Negligence in nursing homes is never okay. Nursing home management needs to be made aware of the possible negligence and the resident should be seen by a physician to determine the extent of the injuries. When an injury goes untreated it can become worse and more difficult to treat. As in this case, when the injuries are severe they may require legal action. You may be entitled to damages that include money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with the injury. This lawsuit names the nursing home as well as the nurse and physical therapy assistant alleging negligence and wrongful death. If your loved one was injured in a nursing home, contact Levin & Perconti to discuss your case today.
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