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  • Patient Allowed To Wander From Nursing Home Facility; Falls And Suffers Traumatic Facial Fracture

    A 70- year-old female was admitted to a nursing home on February 25, 2012. At the time of her admission and thereafter at all times relevant, the patient had dementia, significant memory loss with minimal recall, confusion, and altered mental status. The nursing home staff knew when the patient was admitted to its facility and thereafter at all times relevant that the patient suffered from these cognitive, emotional, and physical conditions, needs, limitations, and vulnerabilities.At the time of...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Sexually Assaulted By Another Patient; Plaintiff Wins Generous Award

    At all times relevant, an 80-year-old female nursing home patient had dementia and was cognitively incapacitated. The patient was incapable of receiving and evaluating information effectively and responding to people, events, or environments to such an extent that she was able to meet the essential requirements of her health, care, safety, or therapeutic needs, rendering her incapable of taking care of or protecting herself or her affairs. The nursing home knew that the patient was cognitively i...  Read More...

  • Patient Develops Severe Pressure Ulcers, Nursing Homes And Hospital Settle

    An 88-year-old female patient was admitted to the hospital on December 2, 2009. She did not have any pressure ulcers on admission. On December 8, 2009, the patient was noted to have developed a stage II pressure ulcer on her sacrum.   Read More...

  • Patient Develops Pressure Ulcer, Condition Deteriorates; Nursing Home And Hospital Settle

    At all times relevant, a 64-year-old patient admitted and discharged intermittently between a hospital and nursing home was at high risk of developing pressure ulcers. Specifically, she sustained a CVA on November 10, 2010 that resulted in generalized left-sided weakness. The patient was also incontinent of bladder and bowel and was entirely dependent on staff for all aspects of her care, including turning and repositioning in bed.The patient was admitted to the hospital on or about November 29,...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Aware Of Fall Risk For A Decade Allows Patient To Fall, Suffer Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    Admitted at 86 years old, a female patient was at the same nursing home for approximately 10 years. At all times relevant, the patient was known by the nursing home to be a fall risk due to a medical history that included dementia, incontinence, the use of assistive devices for ambulation, and the necessity for extensive assistance of nursing home staff for mobility.On January 21, 2013, the nursing home permitted the 96-year-old patient to rise, stand, and walk to the bathroom, where she fell to...  Read More...

  • Paralyzed Patient Develops Stage IV Sacral Pressure Ulcer, Nursing Home Settles

    At all times relevant while under the care of the nursing home from 9/24/08 until 9/29/08, a 92-year-old female was at high risk to develop pressure ulcers. Specifically, she was entirely dependent on the nursing home’s staff for all aspects of her care, due to paralysis in both legs, contractures in both arms, limited range of motion in all limbs, weakness, incontinence of bowel and bladder, severe cognitive impairment, history of CVA, and foot drop.On 10/15/08, a stage II pressure ulcer was fi...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Fails To Prevent Multiple Falls, Patient Sustains Hip Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    An 85-year-old male patient was admitted to a nursing home on August 1, 2012 for rehabilitation following surgery for a broken hip. At all times relevant to his nursing home care, the patient was known by the defendant to be a high fall risk due to confusion, vision problems, impaired mental status, poor safety awareness, impaired balance, incontinence, poor coordination, vascular dementia, confusion, agitation, and a history of falls. The patient required extensive assistance with bed mobility,...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Allowed To Fall, Suffers Fracture; Nursing Home Settles

    A 90-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home on July 19, 2013. At all times relevant, the patient was known by the nursing home to be a high fall risk due to a medical history that included a recent CVA, polio with right-sided weakness and right arm paralysis, dementia, confusion, disorientation, impaired decision making, impulsivity, the need for assistance with mobility and activities of daily living, and decreased functional mobility, strength, endurance, activity tolerance, balance, ...  Read More...

  • Dementia Patient Falls At Nursing Home 6 Times, Final Fall Causes Brain Hemorrhage; Nursing Home Settles

    An 85-year-old female patient was, at all times relevant, a high fall risk patient.  The patient, who had a medical history that included generalized muscle weakness, dementia, and confusion, was allowed by the nursing home from 7/25/15 through 11/9/15 to fall on no less than five separate occasions.  Specifically, the patient fell on 7/25/15, 8/31/15, 9/29/15, 11/5/15, and 11/9/15. On 12/4/15, the nursing home again permitted the patient to fall.  The patient ...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Dropped From Bed, Suffers Bilateral Leg Fractures; Arbitration Awarded To Plaintiff

    A 36-year-old female patient was admitted to a nursing home on July 8, 2011.  At all times relevant, the patient had severe multiple sclerosis, was unable to move her legs, and was dependent on the assistance of the nursing home for all of her activities of daily living, including mobility.  On September 28, 2013 at approximately 1:55 a.m., a CNA was making the patient’s bed with the patient in the bed.  The bed was at staff transfer level (i.e., high), and bo...  Read More...

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