Nursing Home Neglect Blamed for Resident’s Fatal Fall in Duluth Facility

February 15, 2011 – Duluth, Minn. – According to reports from the Duluth News Tribune, nursing home neglect has been blamed for a resident’s fall at the Benedictine Health Center. The female resident suffered significant and ongoing pain after the fall, and it is believed that the injuries suffered at that time contributed to her death less than 2 weeks later.  After an investigation from the Minnesota Department of Health, it was found that this resident—who suffered from a number of health ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, a stroke and osteoarthritis—fell while being moved from her bed to a bathroom due to nursing home neglect from a staff employee.  The staff employee admitted that while transferring the resident she failed to use a buttock strap that was necessary because the resident had paralysis on the left side of her body and required significant assistance.

As part of her care plan, the resident was to be transferred using a mechanical lift, which includes the use of a vest, straps for the lower legs and a buttock strap.  As a result of the fall she suffered contusions on her head and left hip. The pain and decreased movement continued, along with her loss of appetite. The resident was put on hospice care 6 days after the incident but died 3 days later.  When your loved one has suffered injuries or even death due to nursing home neglect, a nursing home neglect lawyer can help you to determine if you have a valid nursing home neglect claim.  An attorney will carefully evaluate your case and the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s injuries to determine if you have enough evidence to proceed with your case. 

Contacting a New York Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

When you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one because of nursing home neglect you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages and suffering. Consulting with a New York nursing home neglect lawyer can help you better understand your rights, determine liability for your injuries, and decide if filing a nursing home neglect claim is right for you.  At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of nursing home neglect lawyers that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the 5 boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your nursing home neglect claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.

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