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Was your loved one injured because of nursing home negligence?

Those who live in Wyoming nursing homes entrust their well-being to their care providers every day. They should be able to reasonably expect that high quality care according to accepted safety standards will be provided, no matter how challenging a given situation might be. If a staff member leaves a patient unsupervised as needed or fails to provide hygienic assistance, food, water or other basic support, it can cause serious and lasting injuries to the patient. Such nursing home negligence is unacceptable.

Rhodes Law Firm, LLC, is fully prepared to act on behalf of any man or woman who has suffered illness or injury because of substandard nursing home care. Are you concerned about bed sores on your aging parent's body? Were you not satisfied with the explanation given when you questioned staff members about bruises or other injuries?

Nursing home negligence reportedly problematic at one facility

Many Wyoming families understand the frustration, anger and feelings of betrayal that set in when those obligated to provide assisted living care fail in their responsibilities. Nursing home negligence often results in serious injuries to patients. Sadly, some injuries are fatal.

The former administrator of a facility in another state is currently under investigation for a situation involving a patient. The Department of Health issued a public statement, saying it is aware of the abuse allegations against the former nursing home official and is actively investigating the situation. This is apparently not the first time suspicious events have occurred at this particular nursing home.

Understand top quality care to avoid nursing home negligence

Entrusting a parent to the care of professional assisted living providers can be a highly emotional, stressful experience. Nursing home negligence is often a major concern of adult children in Wyoming whose parents are no longer able to live independently. By learning more about the top qualities the best nursing homes in the nation typically have in common, it may be easier to avoid facilities that are high-risks for substandard care.  

The best nursing homes in the nation usually have staff members who are cheerful, caring and patient with residents, no matter what type of special needs a particular resident might have. If a nurse or other worker who has firsthand contact with residents seems to get agitated easily or generally acts grumpy or stoic, it may be a sign that the care provided is not of the highest quality. If a resident becomes nervous, introverted or extremely upset when a particular worker is nearby, it definitely warrants further investigation.  

Nursing home negligence: Substandard care can result in death

There are numerous nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Wyoming. There are also state laws and strict protocols that govern and oversee the care of assisted living residents and nursing home patients. Sadly, nursing home negligence is highly problematic when facility employees disregard regulations or the law.  

Many nursing home patients are age 80 or beyond. People living out their elder years are often more physically fragile than those who are younger. In fact, suffering any type of injury, especially dislocated joints or bone fractures, can place an elderly person at risk for serious infections, further injury or even death. A temporary worker at a facility in another state is facing serious criminal charges in connection with a 100-year-old woman's death.  

Wyoming facility settles nursing home negligence case

Wyoming residents may be shocked to learn that a particular nursing facility in Casper has had six wrongful death/personal injury lawsuits filed against it in the past six years. A nursing home negligence case was recently dismissed from a U.S. District Court when plaintiffs and defendants agreed to settle out of court. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed to the public due to a confidentiality clause in the agreement.  

This most recent case involved a resident of the nursing home who happened to be blind. On a particular day, he was standing near the curb, waiting for a ride from the facility's van that is driven by employees to transport residents to various locations. One can only imagine the blind man's shock when the van reportedly struck him, knocking him to the ground.  

Physical abuse is only one type of nursing home negligence

If even one elderly person in Wyoming suffers physical injury at the hands of his or her care provider, it is one too many. However, physical abuse is not the only type of nursing home negligence. Many other situations can lead to devastating harm or, in worst cases, death. It is therefore critical to understand the kinds of issues that may constitute neglect and also, where to seek support if a problem arises.  

Nursing negligence often includes failure to provide emotional or physical care according to accepted standards for licensed caregivers throughout the state. Often, the first sign of possible negligence may be that a loved one appears disheveled or unclean. Also, if a nursing home patient constantly complains that he or she is hungry or thirsty, it definitely warrants further investigation as nutrition and hydration needs may be neglected.  

Support for victims of nursing home negligence in Wyoming

It's understandable that families of victims of substandard assisted living care may get angry and frustrated, especially if their loved ones have suffered physical injuries. Not only can nursing home negligence cause emotional and physical trauma, in worst cases, it can also cause fatality. Wyoming nursing home patients and their families may take comfort in knowing that experienced support is available to help them seek justice regarding improper care.  

Moving to a nursing home is a highly personal, often emotional decision. Every patient must rely on nursing staff to help with daily living tasks. While some patients need more assistance than others, all can reasonably expect that staff members are properly trained and will provide quality care according to individual need and accepted safety standards.  

Attention: Wyoming residents concerned re nursing home negligence

When a parent dies while in residence in a Wyoming nursing home, adult children may grow quite concerned if such deaths occurred unexpectedly or in circumstances that raise suspicion regarding quality of care. A man in another state is currently grieving the loss of his father. His grief is no doubt intensified by the fact that he believes nursing home negligence caused his father's death.  

The man has sued for nursing home negligence and wrongful death, requesting a trial by jury. His claim states that his father passed away approximately two months after moving into the nursing home, which is located in another state. He fell several times while in residence, and also suffered an airway obstruction that resulted in brain damage.  

Nursing home negligence may have caused fatality

A woman in another state said her grandmother was about two years shy of becoming a centenarian. Sadly, she did not live to age 100, and the granddaughter believes that is the fault of the nursing her where she lived at the time. In fact, the decedent's granddaughter has filed a lawsuit, alleging that nursing home negligence caused her grandmother's death. Wyoming families worried about possible neglect where elderly relatives are concerned may wish to follow this case.

The elderly woman reportedly suffered from dementia. She was also wheelchair-bound. Her granddaughter says nursing home staff members left her outside in 91-degree weather for several hours. The plaintiff's claim states that the patient was not able to speak due to her pre-existing health condition.  

Nursing home negligence doesn't always leave physical marks

More than a million people currently reside in nursing homes across the country, including in Wyoming. By the time people make transitions to such facilities, they often require specialized care and assistance to carry out their daily functions. In fact, many nursing home residents are beyond age 65 and can no longer care for their own medical or physical needs. Nursing home negligence remains problematic in many regions; however, recognizing the signs of abuse is not always easy because not all situations involve physical injury.  

Emotional abuse also has devastating effects on many nursing home residents. This type of abuse most often occurs through words, actions or when staff members fail to act to aid a particular resident when they should. If staff members are using inaction to inflict emotional or psychological pain on a resident, the resident may suffer serious negative consequences.  

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