Earlier this month, the family of a recently deceased 81-year old man filed charges in a central Texas court alleging that the nursing home the family placed the man in provided negligent care that led to the man’s death. According to a report by the Waco Tribune, the family admitted the elderly man in December of 2011 after a fall had rendered him in need of constant care and attention.
The elderly man, who suffered from Alheimer’s and Parkinson’s, died in September of 2012, “after months of severe and agonizing pain and suffering” caused by a series of pressure ulcers that worsened into a more serious, life-threatening condition.
The man’s family claims that there was nothing about his condition that made the pressure ulcers unavoidable. They note that pressure ulcers are an avoidable condition that merely require the proper level of care and attention. Instead, the family claims, the pressure ulcers were a result of the negligent care provided by the nursing home facility. The man had never suffered from a pressure ulcer before being admitted to this particular nursing home.
To help prove that the nursing home knew the elderly man was at risk of developing pressure sores, the family points to a pressure-reducing device placed on his bed by nursing home staff. In addition there was a plan in place at the nursing home to prevent pressure ulcers by frequent turning of patients. However, the family argues that the plan must not have been followed in this case.
Negligent Care in Maryland Nursing Homes
Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is a difficult choice. With headlines like the one above constantly floating around the news, it seems like there is hardly a good choice out there. However, with careful research you can find a quality, reputable nursing home for you loved one.
However, bad seeds do exist in the industry. If the nursing home that your loved one is currently in is providing your loved one with inadequate or negligent care in any way, you should do everything you can to get your loved one out of that situation before it is too late.
What To Do If a Nursing Home Has Provided Negligent Care
If your loved one was at a nursing home that you believe provided negligent care leading to the deterioration of your loved one’s condition, you may be entitled to a monetary award. As businesses, many nursing homes do only the bare minimum needed to get by in order to pad their bottom lines. In many cases, this means providing care that is less than what is needed for many elderly, ailing residents. All too often this can result in the premature deterioration or death of a loved one. By speaking to a Maryland personal injury attorney, you will be able to get a better sense of what the nursing home may have done wrong and if there is anything you can do to hold them responsible. Contact the Maryland nursing home law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen, LLC at 410-654-3600 or contact the firm online.
More Blog Posts:
Former Maryland Nursing-Home Operator Ordered To Pay Restitution to Victim and Serve Three Years in Prison for Neglect, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published January 20, 2014.
Peak Flu Season Is About to Hit Maryland Nursing Homes, Be Prepared, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published January 13, 2014.