I have been litigating nursing home negligence cases for approximately 16 years handling a wide variety of different types of claims. Below is a list of the different types of claims:
Pressure ulcers / decubitis ulcers / bedsores
Falls resulting in fractures
Dehydration / Malnutrition
Elopement (Alzheimer’s Patients)
Chemical Restraints and Physical Restraints
The most common claim I have handled over the years is the “falls resulting in fractures.” During my years, I have seen an increase in the number of falls. I believe the increase is due to chronic understaffing. When a resident is admitted to a nursing home, there are fall risk assessments and orders made based on fall risk. For example, a resident may require a two people to assist when the resident has to use the bathroom or a resident may need a hoyer lift to get out of bed. Unfortunately, there are nursing homes that are understaffed and consequently a nurse’s aide is trying to do the job which requires 2 people. I have seen situations where the nurse’s aide dropped a resident or a resident rolled out of bed because orders were not followed.
Generally, when a resident sustains a fracture, it could lead to death. It is well known the link between hip fractures and death in the elderly. If you or a loved one has been injured while in a nursing home, please contact Stark & Stark today.