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Many Wyoming nursing home patients need medication on a regular basis. It is critical that caregivers adhere to stringent protocol and regulations that govern dispensation of medication to avoid making errors. Nursing home negligence involving medication can be life-threatening to a patient.

In one woman's case in another state, the problem was not that incorrect medication had been given to her. The now-deceased woman's daughter says that the  problem was that no licensed caregiver was supervising her mother's intake of medicine. In fact, she was not taking her pills at all; she was hoarding them.

Nursing home negligence: Seeking justice for your loved one

Many Wyoming residents live in nursing homes. Perhaps a majority of such facilities house an aging population, many members of which have special needs due to failing mental or physical health. There are also many patients who are temporarily residing in nursing homes while they recover from surgery or injuries of some kind. In any case, no patient should ever have to worry about nursing home negligence.

In a perfect world, every licensed caregiver would provide quality care according to state laws and the highest level of accepted safety standards. The reality is that many workers are great at their jobs, but some are quite careless or neglectful. This type of worker places his or her patients at great risk for injury.

Nursing home negligence: It shouldn't be a problem but it is

A U.S. Senate report was recently released that should cause concern for any Wyoming family who has a loved one in a nursing home. The report cites evidence of nursing home negligence in hundreds of facilities throughout the country. It is a problem that should not exist. Sadly, many injuries occur every year that are later found to have been entirely preventable were it not for substandard nursing care.

In one nursing home, a man reportedly needed medical attention but his pleas for help went unanswered by staff members. The patient ultimately accessed a telephone himself and dialed 911. Emergency workers responded and took him to a hospital, but sadly, he did not survive.

Nursing home negligence: Convicted aid released from jail early

The son of a deceased woman in another state said it is too soon for him and his loved ones to be able to forgive a nursing home aid who was convicted of abusing his mother. Nursing home negligence is problematic in Wyoming and many other states. In this particular instance, the woman's son suspected that his mother was being abused, so he set up a hidden camera in her room.

Film footage showed a worker rough-handling the 78-year-old woman, even shoving her and pushing her face into the bed. That was more than seven years ago. The surveillance film led to a nursing home employee pleading guilty to abuse. She served seven and a half years of a 10-year sentence.

Has your family suffered damages due to nursing home negligence?

When a Wyoming nursing facility fails in its duty to protect a patient, he or she may suffer serious illness or injury as a result. The state allows victims of nursing home negligence to seek monetary judgments for damages incurred against those deemed financially responsible for their injuries. In worse cases, fatalities have resulted from substandard nursing home care.

If a recovering victim or immediate family member of a deceased victim wishes to file a negligence claim, it is essential to gather evidence to help achieve success in court. The plaintiff is tasked with convincing the court that negligence occurred and was directly responsible for the injuries in question. If an adult child of nursing home patient suspects that his or her loved one is being neglected, an investigation is surely warranted.

Wyoming victims of nursing home negligence can seek justice

No resident of a Wyoming nursing home or any other licensed care-assistance facility in the nation should ever be mistreated or neglected by caregivers. Sadly, however, nursing home negligence is a prevalent problem throughout the country. Immediate family members who suspect that a loved one may be suffering from neglect or abuse are wise to take swift action to further investigate such situations. 

If a resident of a long-term care or assisted-living facility has suffered injury due to abuse or neglect, he or she may file a personal injury claim in a civil court. In recent years, many tragedies have occurred where such injuries have proved fatal. However, justice may be sought by a surviving spouse or other immediate family member on a decedent's behalf.

Nursing home negligence a continuing problem

When a Wyoming resident moves into a nursing home, he or she has a right to reasonably expect that care providers will take care of his or her needs according to the highest level of accepted safety standards. Nursing home negligence should not be a problem. Sadly, however, not only is it problematic in this state and elsewhere, in worst cases, it often leads to patient deaths.

A woman in another state has filed a lawsuit against a particular nursing home. The woman is administrating the estate of a former patient who suffered dehydration, malnutrition, sepsis and, ultimately, death at the facility. The patient was there for rehabilitation and daily living assistance.

Worker fired regarding nursing home negligence evidence

When a Wyoming family entrusts an elderly loved one to the care of a nursing home, it is reasonable to expect that the manner of such care will be provided according to the utmost level of accepted safety standards in the assisted living care industry. If a particular patient has special needs, such as those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, it is up to nursing home officials to assign workers who are properly trained and fully capable of addressing those needs. Alzheimer's patients and others who suffer dementia-related illness may become combative as their diseases progress. A case in another state resulted in patient fatality, and the decedent's family says nursing home negligence is a causal factor in their great loss.

Family members of the decedent say they were absolutely shocked to see photographs of their father showing that he had suffered two black eyes. Prosecutors say they believe the injuries were caused by blunt force trauma inflicted from the fist of a nursing home staff member. The worker reportedly issued a statement to police, saying she was tired and overworked and had made a mistake.

Nursing home negligence problematic, even in high-rated facility

Wyoming families with aging loved ones currently residing in nursing homes will want to review recent testimonies offered in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. The testimony was given in reference to nursing home negligence, which is a problem in this state and others across the country. One of the people who testified said that abuse had occurred in one of the highest rated facilities in the nation.

The daughter of a now-deceased nursing home resident stated that it is an outrage that such a high-ranking facility has patients dying from neglect, as her mother did. Another woman who also testified regarding a nursing home in a different state painfully recalled how her mother, who was nonverbal due to Alzheimer's disease, tried to use hand signs to tell her that a worker had sexually abused her. A director for the Center of Clinical Standards and Quality said her agency is focusing on strengthening requirements for nursing homes, as well as increasing transparency of performance.

Protect vulnerable Wyoming residents from nursing home negligence

Before 2019 comes to an end, many Wyoming residents will help their aging parents transition into nursing homes. The reasons that prompt such decisions may vary but most involve a mother's or father's inability to continue to function on a daily basis in an independent living environment. Nursing home negligence is problematic in this state and many others, and adult sons and daughters of patients will want to be on their guard to protect their loved ones from injury.

Negligence in nursing facilities comes in many forms. Many elders suffer economic loss when they are scammed by people who pretend to have their best interests in mind. Others may be at great risk for physical injury if there is an abuser on the payroll in a particular nursing home. Not all abuse leaves physical marks, however, so it is equally important to pay close attention to an aging parent's emotional and mental well-being and to further investigate any signs of trouble.