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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.

Spokesman denies that nursing home negligence caused fatality

Many Wyoming residents entrust their loved ones' care to licensed care providers, sometimes on a long-term or permanent basis. Family members cannot be present 24/7 although many visit their loved ones as often as they can. It is devastating to learn that a parent, spouse or other family member has suffered injury or illness because of substandard care. An incident that occurred in another state was deemed to have been caused by nursing home negligence, and a spokesperson for the facility in question adamantly denies the allegations.

The case involves a 57-year-old man who had been a resident at a particular nursing home before being admitted to a hospital for a five-day stay. Sadly, the man died, and the cause of death is believed to have been septic shock. The decedent's sister says her family was shocked to learn that her brother had suffered severe bedsores, which ultimately led to his fatal infection.

Careful choosing can help avoid nursing home negligence

What should Wyoming residents look for in a good nursing home? No one wants an aging parent or other elderly loved one to be at risk for nursing home negligence. There are definitely issues that are cause for concern when researching available residencies, as well as observations that warrant further investigation for those already living in such facilities.

When the decision is made to transition to a nursing home, family members will want to talk to other patients and family members to get an idea of what the quality of care at a particular facility might be. If people seem to make more negative than positive comments, it might be a sign that everything is not as it should be at the facility in question. Close observation is another valuable tool that can help uncover substandard care. It pays to visit a nursing home several times before deciding if it is the right place for a particular person.

Was nursing home negligence cause of ventilator-related deaths?

When the same type of injury keeps happening at a particular nursing facility, it is definitely cause for concern. Wyoming investigators are often called in to determine whether such situations may have been caused by nursing home negligence. In fact, the department of health in another state says it believes several ventilator-related deaths were preventable and were caused by staff members' neglect.

The most recent death occurred when a 78-year-old woman who was on a ventilator was left lying with the machine shut off for nearly 40 minutes. It was the facility's third suspicious death in the past two years. Another person's ventilator had been shut off by a nurse a full two hours before it should have been.

Facility in another state, cited for nursing home negligence

If an adult child suspects that his or her parent is not being properly taken care of in a Wyoming nursing home, it's possible to further investigate the matter and tap into legal resources available, as needed, to rectify the situation. Sadly, many incidents occur in this state and others where such situations are discovered only after it is too late. A man in another state, for instance, is grieving the loss of his father, who reportedly passed away from a sepsis infection that may have been caused by nursing home negligence.

The man said that emergency room workers told him that the bed sores they found on his father's body were the worst they had ever seen on a patient in that particular nursing home. The man's father had been a patient at the facility for several months during recovery from a stroke. When he entered the nursing home, his medical records show he did not have any bed sores.