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  • 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...

  • Patient Dropped, Sustains Fractures & Pressure Ulcer, Later Assaulted; Nursing Home Settles

    An 88-year-old patient was known at all times relevant by the nursing home staff to be a high fall risk due to a history of falls, psychotropic drug use, decline in mental status, and a history of CVA with hemiparesis and contractures.  The patient was totally dependent on the nursing home’s staff for her activities of daily living and for mobility, including transfers, for which she required the assistance of two staff members and the use of a mechanical lift.  Due to the CVA, t...  Read More...

  • Patient Permitted To Fall, Nursing Home Fails To Assess Injuries Until Day After Fall, Nursing Home Settles

    A patient 79-year-old female patient was admitted to a nursing home on October 12, 2012. At all times relevant, the nursing home knew the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included hypertension, the use of narcotic pain medications, disorientation, impaired vision and hearing, unsafe behavior, weakness, confusion, agitation, unsteady gait, wandering, exit-seeking behavior, and dizziness, among other conditions and limitations. The nursing home prepared a care plan that...  Read More...

  • Female Patient Falls Unattended, Suffers Multiple Fractures, Nursing Home Settles

    A 91-year-old patient was admitted to a nursing home on November 21, 2011.  At all times relevant, the nursing home knew the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included Alzheimer’s dementia, confusion, poor safety awareness, the use of assistive devices, dizziness, and deficits in strength and balance, among other conditions and limitations.  Unfortunately, the nursing home failed to provide the patient with the safety measures it knew she needed, includi...  Read More...

  • Patient Requiring 1:1 Supervision, Slips In Coffee, Suffers Fracture, Nursing Home Settles

    A 77-year-old female was admitted to a nursing home on August 7, 2012.  At all times relevant, the nursing home staff knew the patient was a high fall risk based on a medical history that included Alzheimer’s dementia, confusion, agitation, impaired fine and gross motion coordination, impaired safety awareness, wandering, exit-seeking behavior, cognitive deficits, the use of narcotic pain medications, and decreases in strength, functional mobility, transfers, range of motion, functiona...  Read More...

  • Patient Suffers Multiple Painful Fractures Due To Falls, Becomes Immobile, Nursing Home Settles

    A 91-year-old female patient was admitted to a nursing home on October 8, 2010.  At all times relevant to her care there, the patient was known by the nursing home to be a high fall risk.  Following a fall in the shower during a transfer at the nursing home on February 1, 2011, a fall from a wheelchair at the nursing home on February 14, 2011, and an incident at the nursing home on February 15, 2011 in which staff improperly lifted the patient under her arms, she required a m...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Patient Falls Multiple Times, Suffers Fractures, Nursing Home Settles

    A 74-year-old male patient was admitted to a nursing home on September 1, 2011. At the time of admission and at all times thereafter, the patient was a high fall risk. The patient's family expressed concerns to the nursing home staff about the patient’s safety as a high fall risk, needing vigilant supervision, to which the nursing home staff responded by assuring the patient’s family he would be protected from falls and that all fall interventions would be used with him.On Septem...  Read More...

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