When we entrust our loved ones with professional care in a nursing home, we hope they will be kept safe and receive the best possible attention. Unfortunately, injuries and accidents can occur regardless of the facility’s best efforts.
However, some injuries in nursing homes are the result of the facility’s neglect or even abuse. If you suspect that your loved one has been a victim of neglect or abuse, contact Leitner Varughese PLLC. Our New York nursing home injury lawyers can help you build a strong case and hold the facility accountable for causing harm to your loved one.
The Most Common Nursing Home Injuries
Below are some of the most common injuries nursing home residents sustain:
Bed and Pressure Sores
Patients who are bedridden may develop bedsores, also known as pressure sores, if they are not repositioned frequently. These sores can cause severe pain and lead to infections. Nursing home staff must regularly rotate the patients to prevent bedsores from developing.
Falls and Fractures
Falls are the most common type of accident in nursing homes. Patients with mobility issues and balance problems are at a higher risk of sustaining injuries from falls, such as fractures and head injuries. Nursing home staff must ensure that patients receive the necessary assistance and use walking aids when necessary.
Dehydration and Malnutrition
Nursing home residents may not receive sufficient food and water if the staff is understaffed or not adequately trained. According to the American Health Care Association, an estimated 94% of nursing homes in the U.S. face staffing shortages.
Malnutrition and dehydration can result in a weakened immune system, muscle weakness, and other health issues. The nursing home is responsible for ensuring that patients receive proper nutrition and hydration.
Head injuries, including concussions, can occur due to falls or other accidents. A concussion can cause various symptoms, including headaches, confusion, dizziness, and sensitivity to light. Nursing home staff must be vigilant in monitoring patients with head injuries and seek medical attention immediately if required.
The spread of infections is a significant concern in nursing homes. Patients are at a higher risk of developing infections due to weakened immune systems. Nursing home staff must follow proper protocols for hygiene and infection control to reduce the risk of spreading infections.
Patients with difficulty swallowing are at a higher risk of choking on their food or liquid. Nursing home staff should be trained to recognize choking risks and respond promptly to prevent a choking incident.
Patients may receive the wrong medication or dosage, leading to adverse reactions and injuries. It is the responsibility of the nursing home staff to ensure that patients receive the correct medication, dosage, and timely administration.
Patients may be restrained physically or chemically, leading to injuries such as bruises, bedsores, and physical harm. Restraints should only be used when necessary and for a limited amount of time, following proper protocols to prevent injuries.
Was Your Loved One Injured? Get Help From a Lawyer
As a loved one of a nursing home resident, it is crucial to recognize the most common types of injuries that can occur. If your loved one suffered injuries while in a nursing home, our lawyers at Leitner Varughese PLLC can help. We are here to help you secure the compensation to which you and your loved one may be entitled. Call 212-671-1110 to receive a consultation.