Five years after complications from a broken hip took the life of their mother, a Missouri (MO) family won a 1.5 million wrongful death jury award against the nursing home where the woman had been a patient.
Evidence presented at trial showed that even though the patient was identified as being at extreme risk for falling, a staff aid left her on her feet and unattended following a shower. Further endangering the patient, the patient did not report the incident or the woman's injury to supervisors for almost a full day.
The Virginia Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorney's Perspective
I've written before about how frequent, and sometimes deadly, nursing homes falls are. I've also noted that preventing injuries to patients and residents in long-term care and assistant-living facilities can be as simple as ensuring the facilities are fully staffed with properly trained and attentive nursing aids. Any time a nursing home patient's fall results from a staff member's negligence, the facility must be held accountable.
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My personal injury law firm publishes a free guide to the legal rights and options of victims of nursing home neglect and their family members.
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My medical malpractice attorney colleagues and I also maintain an online library of answers to frequently questions about nursing home abuse and neglect.