Common Nursing Home Injuries
Our elderly loved ones become more vulnerable and their health becomes more fragile as they age. Unfortunately, this places them at a greater risk for injury overall. Once an element of abuse or neglect is introduced into their living situation, often in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a long-term care facility, the probability that injury will occur rises dramatically.
If your loved one suffered an injury that might have been prevented, we can help. At the firm of Rosen & Spears, we work to protect the rights of abused elders and can provide you with a team of experienced nursing home abuse lawyers. Contact our law firm today to learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation.
In the most shocking and severe cases, nursing home abuse or injury may lead to death. Once you have lost a loved one, there is no way the pain may be undone. Our firm focuses on pursuing compensation for the wrongdoing, abuse, and neglect that may have led to the victim’s wrongful death. The first step towards determining whether your loved one’s passing was preventable is to consult with one of our experienced team members.
One of the most common nursing home injuries, bedsores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers) can indicate improper care. Bedsores are often a result of the failure to reposition residents who are bedridden or who remain sedentary for large amounts of time in a bed or wheelchair. In their earliest stages, bedsores appear as persistent discoloration of the skin. Left untreated, the condition can lead to infection and even death.
The elderly, whether they live on their own or in a nursing home setting, are generally prone to falls and, as a result, commonly suffer fractures. Fractures that are a result of negligence or abuse, however, are particularly disturbing. Combined with victims’ often compromised health, falls can lead to further complications such as the loss of function and mobility, and even death.
Malnutrition and Dehydration
The incidence of malnutrition and dehydration is compounded by a number of limiting factors affecting the elderly: some suffer from dementia and may not realize when they are hungry or thirsty; some lack the mobility to get what they need for themselves; dental problems may make eating difficult; and staffing shortages or neglectful employees may cause residents’ needs to be overlooked. Regardless of the cause, the effects of dehydration and malnutrition can have dire effects on the elderly and can even lead to death.
For nursing home residents who are sedentary and spend large amounts of their time in bed, it is imperative that a safe environment is maintained. Suffocation, for example, may occur if a victim becomes tangled in bedsheets, or strangulation may result if a victim becomes entrapped between the mattress and side rail. In addition, small or frail residents may get their heads stuck between side-rail slats if they are spaced far apart.
As our loved ones age, their health is often dependent upon the proper administration of prescription medication. In an assisted living or long-term care facility, this places patients in a vulnerable position, yet many take for granted that their medication will be properly dispensed. Insufficient staffing or improper management of patient medication, however, may result in illnesses not being treated, medical complications, and, in extreme cases, death. Examples of medication errors include overmedication, missed doses, and the administration of the wrong medication.
How We Can Help
At Rosen & Spears, we are committed to protecting your loved ones’ health and rights. We understand the sensitive nature of nursing home abuse, and our experience and passion for helping the elderly allowed us to successfully resolve hundreds of cases for our clients. Please reach out to us today using our simple online contact form to schedule a consultation and learn more.