Nursing homes have a duty to care and look out for the best interests of your loved ones but unfortunately, many patients sue nursing homes across the country every year for their staff’s negligent behavior that results in injuries or death to the nursing home’s residents.
A newspaper recently investigated complaints against a Virginia nursing home related to several resident deaths. A woman at the home went to an emergency room when her family noticed she had severe bedsores. A hospital physician told the family that that woman had a deadly infection relating to those sores.
Another resident of the same nursing home died after a fall. It was the fourteenth time the man had fallen in the past year. The man’s sister-in-law said she littered the nursing home with cautionary notes on the man’s wheelchair and bed, indicating that he needed to have his tray put across him in order to keep him from falling out. She frequently visited the man and noticed that the tray would never be in place. The man’s fatal fall occurred as one of the nursing home aids lowered his bed and then turned to the closet to get his clothes. For injuries suffered as a result of nursing home staff negligence, an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer can provide the understanding and expertise you need to handle the situation.
As these examples demonstrate, it is important to select a nursing home that will provide the comfort and treatment that your loved ones need. Without careful research, you risk placing your loved one in harm’s way. The following are some items that you should take into consideration when selecting a nursing home:
Contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. if you suspect that your loved one is suffering from injuries as a result of the care that he or she received in a nursing home.