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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.  

Woman seeks jury trial for nursing home negligence

Many senior citizens in Wyoming are no longer able to care for themselves at home. Various types of medical or mental health conditions often prompt moves to assisted living facilities. Sadly, nursing home negligence plagues many such residences, as made evident by a recent case in another state. 

A woman living in an assisted living center filed a complaint in a county circuit court earlier in April. She has named the retirement facility and its administrator as defendants, claiming failure to hire and train workers who are properly equipped and prepared to provide high quality care to residents who live there. She claims her own health suffered significant decline due to nursing negligence. Thankfully, the woman survived her injuries, as nursing neglect throughout the nation often has fatal results that leave families feeling devastated and helpless that they were unable to save their loved ones.

When appearances lead to nursing home negligence suspicions

Like most adult children of elderly nursing home residents in Wyoming, you probably keep your eyes and ears open whenever you visit your loved one. It's only natural you want to make sure your family member is being properly cared for and kept safe, especially since you can't be there every day. If you begin to notice some troubling issues and suspect nursing home negligence, there is no time like the present to take action to protect your loved one.  

The law provides specific means to protect the rights of abused or neglected nursing home patients. There should be zero tolerance for substandard care that places vulnerable people in harm's way. If you have reason to believe your loved one has been neglected or abused, the more evidence you can gather and documentation you compile to substantiate your claim, the better.  

Post-hurricane nursing home negligence case still in litigation

Hurricane Irma was devastating. Many people in the Wyoming had loved ones along the southeastern coast of the nation who were victims of the Category 5 storm system. Twelve deaths occurred at a nursing home facility. The tragedy led to litigation, as reported previously on this blog ("Nursing home negligence or consequences of natural disaster," Feb. 1, 2018). The testimony from those proceedings was recently published.

The nursing facility, like many other buildings in the area, lost power during the storm. At issue in the litigation is whether management was negligent in its duty to keep residents as safe as possible during the crisis. As it stands, portable cooling units used to help compensate from the loss of power in the hot weather only put out 15 tons of cooling capacity as opposed to 125 tons necessary to sufficiently cool the building.

When nursing home negligence results in patient abuse

No Wyoming family wants to think their loved ones may be at risk in the nursing homes where they reside. Many families spend months researching options before choosing a particular nursing facility for an aging family member. Most residences are staffed by properly trained, attentive workers who do their best to provide quality care for their patients; however, nursing home negligence remains a serious problem in some areas.

A man in another state grew quite concerned when he noticed unexplained bruises on his father's body. To further investigate the situation, he installed a camera designed to look like an alarm clock, in his father's room. He later said that he was shocked and dismayed when he reviewed the films the surveillance camera captured.

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