Negligence in nursing homes is unfortunately a daily occurrence in the United States. Nursing home residents are neglected care and services, which results into a variety of complications and injuries. Neglect may be intentional or non-intentional but many of the injuries related to neglect are as follows:
- Bed Sores
Although medication errors may sometimes be a mistake, patients are sometimes victims of wrong medication. If a patient who was supposed to receive medication for their diabetes, is being treated with blood thinners, the results can be deadly.
Falls and fractures are some of the most common types of nursing home injuries. Since many patients are very frail, a fall in a nursing home can result in injuries which may leave them permanently disabled for a lifetime. Often times, victims are left un supervised and sometimes lay on the floor for hours and even in rare cases for days before they are helped by a nursing home staff member.
Wounds are open and visible sores on the surface of the skin and body. Seniors who have bed sores, cuts, bruises, open injuries are more likely to develop an infection because of their older age. These injuries can become very serious (loss of limbs), if the resident is not treated promptly with the correct care. Unfortunately many of these injuries go undiagnosed, looked-over, and flat out missed because of a negligent nursing home staff.
Elopement, also known as wandering, can be very devastating for seniors dealing with dementia. Nursing home staff must be aware of patients who have a history of wandering.
If you or a family member has been a victim of a negligent nursing home, please contact us today for your free consultation.