Many families make the decision to allow their elderly relatives to live in nursing homes because they feel that they provide a safe location with adequate supervision to care for them. In fact, not all nursing homes are as safe as people may think. There are many concerns regarding the care that people receive while in nursing facilities. A family recently filed a lawsuit claiming their relative died as a result of complications after a negligent fall in her nursing home. The woman died after suffering physical injuries including a broken leg that required extensive surgery.
Suffered Nursing Home Fall
Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries to the elderly. Falls can usually be prevented. While living in a nursing home, residents should be kept safe from falls through adequate supervision and safety measures at all times. When a fall occurs it is almost certainly a sign of nursing home neglect. In this case, the woman suffered a fall from her bed that caused serious injuries including a fracture to her right distal femur shaft.
The femur is also commonly called the thigh bone. It is typically one of the strongest bones in the body. When a fracture happens, it often requires repair through surgery. During surgery, a rod is inserted into the leg and attached to the outside with a frame. This is done to keep the bone securely in place during the healing process. Healing can take quite a long period of time – often 4 to 6 months. For older individuals, the time period could be even longer. A femur fracture can be very serious in the elderly because of it requires an extended period of immobility.
Deterioration in Health
While the fall itself did not cause the woman’s death, it did lead to an overall deterioration of her health. Her condition worsened after surgery and led to her death. Very often in these situations, the fall itself does not cause death. The fall causes injuries that can quickly worsen in the elderly. As in this instance, the patient was never able to recover from the injury sustained while under the care of the nursing home.
Failure to Supervise
In this case, the nursing home allegedly failed to provide adequate supervision and did not take sufficient measures to keep her safe. When the woman entered the facility they were told of her medical problems and were specifically required to provide supervision to prevent injuries. When a nursing home fails to properly care for its residents, they may be responsible for nursing home neglect. Neglectful care may occur because of understaffing, improper training of caregivers, or poor facility management. The woman in this case died as a result of the injuries suffered because of neglect. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate and is represented by Levin & Perconti. If your loved one was seriously hurt or died as a result of nursing home neglect, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.
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