When we choose a nursing home for the care of our elderly relative we trust that the facility will provide safe care. Sadly, that is not always the case. In one recent case, a woman died after suffering severe injuries due to a fall in her nursing home. The estate executor has filed a lawsuit in Cook County alleging that the facility failed to provide proper care. The woman, a resident of Sunrise of Bloomingdale, was injured during numerous falls and her medical condition worsened until she died less than a month later.
Nursing Home Care Act
The Illinois Nursing Home Care Act requires nursing home facilities to provide safe, supervised care for their residents. Failure to do so could cause injuries, as it did in this case. The woman fell more than once due to the lack of proper supervision. Falls in nursing homes happen often, yet they could and should be prevented. A lack of supervision shows negligence on the part of the nursing home. When a serious injury or death occurs it may be due to nursing home neglect.
Fall Caused Contusion
Falls can cause serious injuries, especially to elderly individuals. The woman in this instance suffered a hemorrhagic contusion and scalp laceration. Head injuries can be particularly severe because an internal bruise can worsen, quickly causing a life-threatening medical emergency. According to the lawsuit, in addition to failing to supervise the woman, the nursing home staff did not provide timely medical treatment after the fall. The delay in treatment may have contributed to the worsening of the injury.
Contusions and Lacerations
A contusion is another word for a bruise. The woman nursing home resident hit her head during the fall, causing a hemorrhagic contusion. This is a bruise to the brain tissue, which has caused bleeding. The internal lesion can progress into a much more serious injury. The extent of the contusion can be determined with a CT scan. However, the injury can worsen over the first several hours after initial impact. It can lead to a traumatic brain injury, TBI, which can produce long-term cognitive, behavioral, and physical problems. Immediate diagnosis and treatment are crucial for the most successful outcome.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect may consist of a number of different actions, or lack of actions. Neglect may happen when the nursing home does not have enough staff to provide proper supervision to the residents. Residents may need varying degrees of assistance. Many people require help performing their daily activities such as bathing, toileting, and personal care. Some need assistance walking or getting in or out of the bed or chair. When there are not enough staff members to go around, the residents may try to perform these activities on their own, sometimes with harmful results. Nursing home injuries from falls occur on a daily basis across the country. If your loved one was hurt or has died after suffering a nursing home fall you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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