Choosing a nursing home can be a difficult decision to make. Many factors may come into play, including cost, reputation, activities and amenities provided, and, the most important, safety. While safety considerations are extremely important, it may be difficult to ascertain how safe a nursing home really is compared to others. One way to find out is to be aware of instances of nursing home neglect.
Two nursing home neglect lawsuits were recently filed against a Daytona Beach nursing home. The lawsuits state two residents were not properly cared for and suffered injuries as a result. Amongst the claims are malnutrition, bedsores, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, a broken hip, and skin tears. The nursing home, which is currently on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "special focus facility" list, has received below average health inspection ratings and was recently fined by the state for mishandling claims of sexual abuse. These victims likely have gone or are currently going through difficult recoveries.
Those who are aware of nursing homes like this should be advised to avoid them. However, instances of nursing home neglect can occur anywhere and at any time. Negligent staff can make a mistake or neglect patients to the point where serious injuries or death can result. As seen in the Daytona Beach case, a nursing home fall, rapid weight loss, bedsores, bruises, and broken bones can all be signs of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse.
When a resident is injured by a negligent nursing home, the injuries can take a serious physical and emotional toll. These individuals may be unable to carry on with their normal everyday lives and may be traumatized by the event. Recovering from these harms can take a lot of time and money. Luckily, legal action can be taken to get injured patients the care they need.
Succeeding on a nursing home negligence claim requires a showing of a duty and a breach of that duty. When an individual is a resident of the nursing home, then a duty arises to provide that resident with proper care, treatment, and supervision. If that duty is breached and injuries result, then the nursing home can be held liable for the harm it has caused. These cases can be complicated, and require close analysis by an experienced Florida nursing home neglect attorney.
Source: The Daytona Beach News-Journal, "2 file complaints against Ormond nursing home already on fed's watchlist," Katie Kustura, Jul. 17, 2013