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Nursing Home Negligence Stories

Dec 1, 2007
Throughout America, the number of nursing home negligence stories continues to rise at an alarming rate. Unfortunately for those involved, the outcome can sometimes be fatal. There have been numerous accounts of patients suffering at the hands of a negligent staff that are underpaid and overworked. Thousands of seniors suffer injury and death each year from preventable causes like infected bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, and deficient care.

An 84-year-old Kentucky farmer had spent his last days confined to a bed and living in intense pain. It was found out that a bowel impaction that had been neglected for several days was the cause of his fatal heart attack. The morning of his death, the patient had been screaming for a doctor who never showed up. The family of the deceased found out about the cause of his death from an employee who had worked at the facility. From there, the family decided to seek legal action and consulted a nursing home negligence attorney. At the ensuing trial, the jury returned a $20 million verdict against the nursing home for a death caused by negligence of the nursing home facility.

A bedridden elderly woman in a Florida facility had developed pressure sores on her leg, which were caused from being malnourished and dehydrated. Sores had developed due to her not being moved enough by the staff while she was in bed. The wounds had become severely infected and amputation of the leg had become a sad reality. Her son sued the nursing home with the help of a nursing home negligence attorney and a settlement was reached. The decision was made to move her to another facility where the care would be better.

At the facility, the elderly woman had broken her right ankle. The son suspected that the broken ankle could have been the result of improper handling, when they moved his mother into the home. The broken ankle never healed, and with time, a sore developed and became infected. There was a second decision to amputate her remaining leg. The son also decided to pursue legal action against the home and consulted with a nursing home negligence attorney. The nursing home is contesting the complaint and is denying any culpability.

Many elderly residents spend the end of their lives in assisted living facilities. These facilities are highly regulated, but the government doesn't have the resources to monitor homes for negligence. It is often up to the friends and family to report signs of negligence to a nursing home negligence attorney. They have the experience to handle a full range of nursing home negligence cases. If you are concerned about how a loved one is being treated there, contact a nursing home negligence attorney as soon as possible.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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