Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed, leading to a disproportionate amount of care and attention to patients.
When you enlist the help of Vanover, Hall & Bartley, your lawyer for nursing home negligence in Pikeville, Kentucky will hold the nursing home in question accountable for the needless injuries and oversights they have allowed.
Bedsores are not only very painful, but they can lead to more serious ailments including septic shock or gangrene, and even death if left untreated. Staff should be frequently repositioning patients who are bedridden and bound to wheelchairs in order to prevent bedsores from appearing and allowing blood flow to freely circulate.
In the event that a bedsore does form, nurses and staff need to notify the patient’s doctor and family and take appropriate action to begin treatment. Due to understaffing and lack of adherence to compliance, caregivers often fail to attend to the duties necessary in preventing and addressing bedsores.
Falls, Trips, and Related Injuries
Even if a person has no prior history of falling, a single fall can occur easily – an occurrence that is not necessarily due to the negligence on part of the nursing home staff. However, in this case, repeated falls should be anticipated, and failure to instill the appropriate procedures to prevent serious injuries is deemed negligent.
Nursing home negligence can include:
- Failing to install bed rails, floor mats or other safety devices to prevent falls
- Failing to use bed alarms, call buttons, and other devices to alert staff when high-risk patients get out of bed
- Dropping residents during transfers due to lack of training or staff members
- Failure to properly supervise residents
- Allowing walking hazards such as wet floors and loose carpeting