Inadequate Supervision in Nursing Home Led to Resident’s Death

Nursing homes are supposed to provide proper care and supervision to residents. In many cases, families choose to place their loved ones in nursing facilities because they feel that they will receive the type of monitoring and support they require. Nursing homes are not always as safe or supportive as we may hope. In one recent case, a woman died after suffering serious injuries which were allegedly not properly treated. The medical condition worsened and led to her death. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit seeking damages for her death due to negligence.

Supervision Must Be Provided

Nursing home residents are usually elderly and often have various medical problems and limitations. Nursing homes are required to provide their residents with the care and supervision necessary to keep them safe. Neglectful care occurs when staff members fail to assist residents with their needs. Nursing homes are legally required to provide adequate care according to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Insufficient Nursing Home Care Led to Woman’s Death

Nursing care facilities are often utilized for rehabilitation after elderly people undergo surgical procedures. Care must be properly provided in order to facilitate a successful recovery. In one recent case a woman died after allegedly receiving improper nursing home care after surgery. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit in Cook County against The Villa at South Holland, LLC and Villa Healthcare Management, Inc. stating that negligence at the facility led to the woman’s death.

Post-Surgery Recovery

Many people enter care facilities for an interim period after discharge from a hospital. After an operation, a period of recovery and rehabilitation is often necessary. Hospitals no longer allow patients to remain for the duration of their recovery period. Thus, nursing care facilities are the logical choice for those who need some assistance after having had surgery. The woman in this case underwent neck surgery and was admitted to the center for her after-care period.

Using a “Forensic Lens” in San Diego Nursing Home Abuse Cases

file000430141928Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in San Diego. For a number of years, elder safety advocates have been looking for new ways to prevent nursing home abuse, as well as to properly identify it when it does happen. According to a recent article from USC News, “doctors, first responders, and other health care professionals can use techniques inspired by law enforcement to better identify and address cases of elder abuse.” This new methodology for detecting nursing home neglect arose from a clinical study at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

When we say that healthcare providers and emergency responders should take a cue from law enforcement when looking for signs and symptoms of elder abuse, what, precisely, do we mean? In short, the study suggests that a “forensic lens” approach can help those not trained in law enforcement to determine where there is “cause to believe neglect or abuse [has] taken place.”

Looking for Clues in Two Different Case Studies

Levin & Perconti Represent Family of Man Who Died Due to Nursing Home Neglect

The family of a man who died due to nursing home neglect has filed a lawsuit against the facility. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County naming Ballard Nursing Center by Levin & Perconti on behalf of the man’s estate administrator. The man was a resident of the nursing home in 2014 and 2015 when he suffered severe injuries because of improper care. The man developed pressure sores which worsened and contributed to his death.

Pressure Sores

Pressure sore are painful red skin irritations that develop on areas of the body that come into continual contact with bedding or other items. Sores begin as minor irritations but can quickly deepen and become infected if they go untreated. The development of pressure sores is almost always a sign of nursing home neglect. Patients who are unable to move on their own require regular repositioning. This must be done by nursing home staff on a regular basis, at least every few hours.

Negligent Nursing Home Care Caused Resident’s Fall

We expect nursing homes to provide our loved ones with the care and support they require. When an injury happens we may not understand how or why it occurred. If the injury was the result of neglect on the part of the nursing home staff, it may be necessary to file a claim. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against Symphony of Crestwood claiming that their negligent care is responsible for a woman’s death. The woman died as a result of a serious fall while a resident of the nursing home. The lawsuit seeks damages and a jury trial.

Falls in Nursing Homes

Falls are among the most common type of accident that occurs in nursing homes. Numerous injuries, many of them serious, can result from a fall. The elderly are especially susceptible to severe harm due to falling. It is estimated that nursing home falls occur to about half of all nursing home residents at some point during their stay. While younger people are often unhurt by falls, the injuries are typically much more severe for the elderly.

Nursing Home Negligence and Substance Abuse

799px-Alcohol_bottles_photographed_while_drunkHow broad is the term nursing home neglect? For instance, when a senior has a problem with drug or alcohol abuse and lives in a nursing home or an assisted-living facility in Southern California, does the facility have a duty to prevent the senior from obtaining potentially harmful substances? And if the facility knows about a history of drug or alcohol abuse and does not take precautions to limit a senior resident’s access to alcohol or prescription drugs, can the nursing home be responsible for injuries that occur? According to a fact sheet from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), it can be difficult to recognize signs and symptoms of substance abuse among older adults.

Should we be able to expect that facilities will look into signs and symptoms of substance abuse among elderly residents? And if a facility in San Diego already knows that one of its residents has a history of drug or alcohol abuse, what must it do differently in other to avoid allegations of nursing home negligence?

Difficulty Identifying Senior Residents with Substance Abuse Problems

Levin & Perconti Represent Family in Nursing Home Choking Death

Nursing home residents should be safe and protected while living in the facility. Sometimes, however, adequate care is not provided and an injury occurs. In some instances, the neglect causes the death of a resident. Levin & Perconti represent the family of a woman who died as a result of nursing home neglect. A lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Waterfront Terrace Inc. and Dynamic Healthcare Consultants alleging negligence caused the choking death of the woman.

Failure to Supervise

The most common complaint regarding nursing home care is their failure to provide adequate supervision to residents. Every resident is different and requires a unique amount of monitoring. However, the nursing home is required by law to provide the type of care that is necessary for each particular patient. Too few staff members can make it difficult or impossible for staff members to supervise patients as they should.

Pneumonia in the Elderly

Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. For those who are young and healthy, pneumonia usually goes away with a simple round of antibiotics. For some people, however, pneumonia can be quite serious and may even be life threatening. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems could be particularly at risk for complications due to pneumonia. Because of their increased vulnerability, the elderly in nursing homes may be more prone to getting a severe bout of the illness.

Pneumonia in Nursing Homes

The elderly are more prone to pneumonia than younger people. Those who are bedridden and less mobile are at a heightened risk because of their sedentary life. For those with lowered immune systems and people with other illnesses, pneumonia can be a serious complication that they may acquire. Pneumonia must be treated quickly and aggressively for the best possible outcome. Unfortunately, nursing home staff does not always notice when a patient has the initial stages of the illness.

Levin & Perconti Represent Family in Nursing Home Neglect Case

Nursing homes are required to provide proper supervision and care to ensure the safety of all residents. One family recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of their matriarch, who was a patient in Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park. According to the lawsuit, the woman was a resident of the nursing home when she suffered a serious fall. The fall caused severe injuries that were caused by inadequate supervision in the facility. The family is represented by attorneys at Levin & Perconti.

Falls in Nursing Homes

Falls are common occurrences for elderly individuals. For this reason, nursing homes must be particularly careful in caring for patients in a way that reduces the risk for falls. Older individuals may be unsteady due to medical issues, medication, or other factors. The nursing home staff must be available to monitor patients to help them when they need it. Unfortunately, falls can result in very serious injuries with complications.

Neglectful Care Caused Pressure Sores – Lawsuit Filed

Nursing homes are responsible for providing quality care and supervision to our elderly loved ones. Sometimes, however, the care falls short of our expectations and of the legal requirements of nursing facilities. When a hospital or nursing home fails to provide proper care to a patient and they are injured as a result, the facility may be responsible for neglectful care. A patient has filed a lawsuit claiming that a hospital failed to provide adequate medical care resulting in serious injuries from pressure sores. The man is represented by the experienced legal team at Levin & Perconti.

Pressure Sores – A Sign of Neglect

Pressure sores are quite often a sign of neglect in a nursing home or hospital. Pressure sores, also called pressure ulcers or bedsores, may start off looking like minor red marks, but they can turn deadly. The appearance of even one pressure sore is an indication that the patient is not being tended to often enough. With patients who are bedridden or unable to move on their own, bedsores can develop in areas that are in continual contact with the bedding or other items. It is necessary for the caregivers to reposition the patient regularly to prevent the formation of bedsores.