Nursing Home Neglect

posted on:
May 21, 2007

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Nursing Homes provide an invaluable service to our elders. But when Nursing Homes fail to properly care for residents the results can be tragic.

We are presently investigating and handling litigation on behalf of nursing home residents and their families in the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina, as well as in other areas of the country. Some of the cases we are handling involve the death of nursing home residents due to decubitus ulcers, malnutrition, dehydration, and falls. We also handle injury cases involving severe pressure sores and amputations as a result of poor nursing care. Our success in the area of nursing home litigation is a result of our intense investigation and close attention to nursing and medical aspects of each case.

Bedsores/Fraudulent Charting

A nursing home resident who developed a severe stage IV bedsore on her sacrum area (the sacrum is a large, triangular bone at the base of the spine), that became infected and caused her death.The bedsore was caused by a lack of turning and repositioning of this resident because of under staffing in the nursing home.There was also fraudulent entries in the medical records of this nursing home resident creating the impression that care was provided to her when, in fact, it was not.

Sepsis/ Infection

A nursing home resident was not turned according to schedule and was allowed to lie in her own feces for extended periods of time. As a result, she was later admitted to the hospital with a Stage IV bedsores on her coccyx (commonly referred to as the tailbone), that required debridement (surgery to remove dead tissue). After receiving the dedridement, she was readmitted to the nursing home. Within two weeks, she was sent back to the hospital because the bedsores had become infected. She died in the hospital from a blood infection that was caused by the infected bedsore. She was also found to be severely dehydrated when she arrived at the hospital.

Urinary Tract Infection/Urosepsis

A resident was admitted to the nursing home with a foley catheter and free of any urinary tract infections (UTI).The resident was allowed to develop a UTI when an employee of the nursing home pushed and inappropriately re-positioned the catheter back into the resident’s urethra on two different occasions when the catheter appeared to be coming out. This was a severe breach of foley catheter care. Additionally, the nursing home failed to respond to subsequent indications of UTI evidenced by symptoms, lab results, and the resident’s apparent change in condition by not notifying a doctor. Due to the nursing homes negligence in allowing the resident to develop an UTI and their failure to notify a doctor of the subsequent change in condition, the resident developed urosepsis and died.

Resident Suffers Multiple Falls

Previously litigated was a case involving a resident who suffered multiple falls at a nursing home.The case involves a 65-year-old man who was admitted to the nursing home following surgery for coronary artery disease.The preliminary nursing admission assessment indicated that the resident was “at risk” for falls.The nursing home failed to develop an “initial care plan”, and the resident fell two (2) times during the first five (5) days of his admission.

Dehydration

A World War II veteran was transferred from the VA Hospital to a nursing home in Yazoo City, Mississippi. At the time of admission, the resident’s only medical diagnosis was Alzheimer’s disease.Over the short period of five (5) days, the nursing home allowed the resident to become severely dehydrated.When the resident became totally unresponsive, he was transferred to the emergency room and died there as a result of the dehydration.While the resident was in the emergency room, the treating physician learned that the resident had been admitted to the nursing home under his care while he was in Europe on vacation.The physician had never been notified of the resident’s admission, and the nursing home had never contacted the physician concerning the resident’s decline in status due to the dehydration.The nursing home’s negligence in failing to provide water and failing to monitor the resident’s hydration status resulted in the death of the resident.

Elopement

We are currently handling a case in which a resident was admitted to a nursing home and noted to be a “high risk” for falls. The resident was allowed to wander away from the facility. A visitor found the resident partially clothed and on the ground in the parking lot of the facility. As a result of the fall, the resident died. A state survey of the facility found the alarm system to be inoperative and the nursing staff was not even aware that the resident had left. The resident was last checked by the staff two hours prior to being found in the parking lot.

What can I do if I have been injured as the result of nursing home negligence?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of nursing home negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!

 

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