More than one million incidents involving injuries occur in nursing homes every year. While some of these injuries may not be preventable, others happen as a result of abuse or neglect. If a resident is injured or dies as a result of negligent care at a nursing home, your family may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Nursing Home Injuries
- Bedsores - Nursing home residents are especially prone to bedsores when they are immobilized and confined to their bed. Bedsores are among the most common injuries suffered in nursing homes. Staff must be well trained and alerted to procedures to prevent bedsores from occurring and how to prevent existing sores from becoming worse.
- Malnutrition - Inadequate nutrition is a serious concern in nursing home facilities. Failing to provide crucial nutrients to residents can lead to malnutrition and serious injury. Since residents often have difficulty chewing and swallowing, it is critical that nursing home staff be prepared and trained to assist those in need of nutritional help.
- Infection - While some infections are not preventable, many times infections result from poor care or misdiagnosis. Infections can be serious and, in the case of infection like sepsis, can be fatal. Infections can result from bedsores or inadequate hygiene care, among other things.
- Bruising and lesions - Unexplained bruises may be a sign of neglect.
- Broken bones - Often resulting from falls, broken bones can take much longer to heal when suffered by an elderly person, especially one who suffers from osteoporosis. A lack of appropriate care and precaution can lead to vulnerable residents slipping and falling.
- Dehydration - If a resident does not drink enough liquids, either due to physical condition or negligent care, he or she may become dehydrated. Dehydration can be very dangerous for vulnerable residents if left unaddressed.
- Medication errors - Mistakes regarding medications can lead to serious injury or even death.
If you believe that a family member or loved one has suffered an injury at a nursing home through no fault of their own, contact us to schedule a free consultation. The attorneys at Revo Smith Law will work tirelessly to help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.