James J. Peters Medical Center, a government-run nursing home in the Bronx, is facing a lawsuit over the death of a Vietnam veteran who fell twice while trying to get out of bed on the same day in 2014. The lawsuit alleges that the United States of America acted negligently by failing to provide proper supervision, care and emergency assistance to Aaron Thompson, the decedent. Mr. Thompson suffered for a month before succumbing to injuries stemming from the unsupervised falls.
The lawsuit also states that the government is liable for employing staff members who were unfit for the positions they were hired into and subsequently under trained. The lawsuit maintains that the failure to hire and train employees who were able to properly care for Mr. Thompson during his time at James J. Peters Medical Center directly led to his falls.
A Fall in a Nursing Home Is Negligence
Falls in nursing homes are surprisingly common. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,800 nursing home residents die every year from injuries sustained from a fall. The frequency of them does not make them any less horrific or acceptable. All residents should be monitored closely enough that a fall does not occur, especially if the resident has been previously identified as being at risk for such an occurrence. The Illinois nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have successfully handled numerous fall cases in nursing homes and care facilities and are committed to ensuring justice for those who have been neglected. If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic fall while in a nursing home, please contact us to see how we can help. Consultations are free and can be requested over the phone by calling 877-374-1417 or by filling out our online consultation form.