Key West Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Discuss Resident Injuries from Nursing Home Abuse

Protecting the rights of injured nursing home residents throughout South Florida

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than four million Americans are admitted to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility each year, and they estimate that between one and three million serious infections occur each year in these facilities.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal health care agency with oversight over nursing homes which receive federal funding. The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) conducted a study and released a report on adverse events that occur in skilled nursing facilities (SNF). This report revealed that one in three SNF Medicare beneficiaries suffered harm from an adverse event or temporary harm event within the first 35 days of their stay. The OIG further determined that nearly 60 percent of those events were preventable.

At the Yeboah Law Group, we have seen our share of preventable injuries which have occurred at nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities because of neglect or abuse. Our Key West nursing home negligence lawyers have the experience to determine who is responsible for your loved ones’ injuries and we hold them accountable. You never pay for legal expenses up front because we take cases on contingency. You do not pay any attorney fees until we have successfully recovered compensation for you.

Common nursing home injuries

Families often admit their loved ones to nursing homes when they are unable to care for them at home. They trust the administration and the staff at the nursing home to care for their loved one and keep them safe. Instead, some nursing homes are understaffed, so residents do not get the care they need. When nursing homes are understaffed, residents do not receive proper supervision and that can lead to resident on resident violence, elopement, wandering, and falls. Some of the common types of injuries that can occur in nursing homes include the following:

Bedsores

Bedsores occur when nursing home staff allow residents to remain in the same position for extended periods of time without moving them. When the weight of the bode presses down on bed at certain points, blood circulation slows down which causes the surrounding tissue to die and begin to break down. Also called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, these wounds have four stages of development, but if they are allowed to progress to stage three or four they are considered to be a “never event, ” for which CMS has refused to reimburse health care facilities.

Falls

The CDC reports that one out of every four people over age 65 falls each year, but less than half of them will report it to their doctor. Interestingly, falling once doubles your chances of falling a second time. The CDC also reports that about three quarters of nursing home residents fall, and often they fall more than once per year leading to about 1,800 deaths in nursing homes each year.

Factors that contribute to falls in nursing homes include poor lighting, slippery floors, inadequate supervision, improperly fitted wheelchairs and certain medications and combinations of medications. A study published in the BMC Health Services Research studied the relationship between increased fall risk in nursing homes and polypharmacy regimens. The study concluded that routine medication reviews were necessary to reduce the risk of fall-related injuries in nursing home residents.

Over-medicating residents/ chemical restraints

Chemical restraints is a term used to describe the practice of using medications to control residents behavior. When residents display behavior which makes it difficult to care for them, such as anxiety, wandering, physical and verbal outbursts, restlessness and confusion, nursing homes may turn to the use of antipsychotic drugs often without consent. When antipsychotic drugs are used as chemical restraints, this is an “off-label” use of the drugs which is not approved by the FDA. These drugs are dangerous, they carry a “black box” warning from the FDA that they are not to be used on frail or elderly people, patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as they can be deadly, increase stroke risk, falls, diabetes and heart attack.

Malnutrition and/or dehydration

If your loved one appears emaciated and they have poor hygiene, if they are complaining of pain in their joints and if they look pale they are likely malnourished and dehydrated. Malnutrition increases the likelihood of infections and weakens the body’s immune system, and it is a clear sign of neglect.

Unexplained broken bones

Broken bones in nursing home residents can be from fall injuries or other types of injuries, but if your loved one keeps suffering from broken bones, you need a clear explanation of what happened and what is being done to prevent future injury. You must find out whether the injury was related to abuse or neglect.

Depend on a trusted Key West nursing home abuse and Neglect lawyer

At the Yeboah Law Group, we hold nursing homes accountable when abuse or neglect takes place within their facility. Our Key West nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys fight for the compensation that your loved one deserves.

Schedule a consultation with a Key West nursing home abuse and negligence lawyer today

At the Yeboah Law Group, we are here to protect your loved one’s right to live safely and have their needs attended to when they are a resident in a nursing home. When your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a skilled nursing facility, we can help you get justice for them. You are welcome to contact our Key West nursing home negligence lawyers today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. You can call us at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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