Inadequate Supervision of Nursing Home Patients Causes Traumatic Injuries
When a caregiver fails to supervise you or your loved one and injuries result, you may be able to collect monetary damages from the nursing home.
We expect a few things when we decide to enter or place a loved one in a nursing home: safety, supervision, and security. The individual who goes into a nursing home NEEDS these things. This are what we pay them to provide.
The expectation that a nursing home will provide supervision for our family member is a reasonable one and is part of the job of the facility. When the nursing home staff does not live up to the requirements of the job, the result can be harmful to the patients.
Lack of Supervision in Nursing Home Causes Injuries, Accidents and Death of Patients
Accidents happen with frequency in nursing homes. Often, they occur because someone was not attentive to the needs of a patient. A lack of attention can lead to injuries, improper medications, bedsores, sanitary issues, sexual abuse and more.
If negligent supervision has caused an injury to a senior, the nursing home may be held liable for monetary damages. Contact our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP to protect your legal rights and find out if you have a claim.
Nursing Home Staffers Must Provide Adequate Supervision
Precisely what defines “adequate supervision” varies according to the individual patient and the activities involved. It is up to the nursing home to evaluate what each patient’s needs are and ensure they receive the proper supervision. They can be held to legal standards if that planned care is inadequate, or if that plan is not followed.
For example, “adequate” supervision of an elderly mentally competent nursing home resident sitting idly in a chair, who is capable of walking without assistance, may involve occasional checks to see if the individual needs anything.
However, if the resident cannot walk independently and has a history of falling out of chairs, “adequate” supervision may involve sitting next to the individual at all times. A proper determination must be made as to the needs of the individual, and those needs must be met.
Negligent Supervision in Nursing Homes Occurs in Different Ways
Because patients in nursing homes often need supervision for most basic activities, there is ample room for negligence. The following are some of the everyday activities during which negligent supervision can harm nursing home patients.
- Bathing – for patients who need assistance bathing and going to the bathroom, the risk of falling is a big concern. Nursing home staff must follow protocols to ensure maximum safety for these patients.
- Eating – nursing homes are required to supervise the nutritional intake of patients and ensure that they are receiving the food, vitamins, and minerals they need to stay healthy. They also must monitor residents who need assistance eating and be aware of physical limitations that may increase the risk of choking.
- Drinking – nursing homes must ensure proper hydration of patients. Staff must be trained to observe and treat signs of dehydration.
- Walking – some falls are accidents, but others are the result of negligence. A nursing home is required to assess the risk of falling, have plans in place to prevent people from falling, and to provide prompt medical attention to those who do. This may include accompanying patients to various locations, keeping floors free from obstacles, and checking assistive devices for problems. Failure to implement or follow these can be negligent.
- Exercising – for any nursing home resident that participates in activities such as exercise classes, adequate supervision is essential to avoid new injuries or aggravation of existing conditions.
- Bedtime – many individuals in nursing homes require checks before bed, during the night, and in the morning to ensure their safety.
- Medication – nursing homes must supervise the administration and dosage of each patients’ drugs.
Each nursing home case is different and requires an individual assessment of the circumstances. Having an experienced New York nursing home abuse lawyer to ask essential questions may be crucial to determining whether you have a negligence claim. For example, did the accident occur due to understaffing? Did the negligent person have a poor work history that the nursing home never addressed? Did the nursing home train the caregiver properly? The experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Alonso Krangle, LLP knows how to handle negligent supervision cases and can help determine the best way to protect your legal rights.
Injuries That Result from Negligent Supervision Can Be Serious
The injuries that can result from negligence by a nursing home are endless. They can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe internal damage. When negligence causes these injuries, someone should be held responsible for the pain and suffering of the patient.
Inadequate supervision of nursing home patients causes some of the following injuries:
- Broken hip
- Choking, aspirating
- Broken wrist
- Broken ankle
- Closed head injury
- Sexual assault
These injuries can be life-threatening for someone who is already compromised because of age or physical limitations.
Contact Alonso Krangle Today If Inadequate Supervision in a Nursing Home Caused Injuries to Someone You Love
At Alonso Krangle, LLP, our lawyers understand how to handle nursing home abuse and neglect matters. We have the skill, experience, and compassion to help you or your loved one, including collecting damages if the facts of your case warrant. Call us at 800-403-6191 for a free evaluation of your nursing home negligent supervision case.