Elderly Woman Dies Shortly After Being Dropped By Nursing Home Employee On Christmas.

Elderly people should and must be treated with special care due to their fragile nature. The Nursing Home Abuse Guide reports that each year about 2 million people are abused in nursing homes across the United States. Additionally, the Guide reports that one out of every ten elderly people will be abused in a nursing home at some point in their life. If you or somebody you know has been injured or involved in any kind of nursing home related abuse, you should know that the law provides remedies and can compensate you for your pain and suffering. If you would like to learn more about nursing home abuse, please do not hesitate to call our Boston nursing home abuse lawyer experts at 617-787-3700.

An elderly woman, Mary Meuse, was mistakenly dropped in a nursing home in Wilmington, Massachusetts. At the time of the incident, she had reached the age of 83. As a result of the fall, Mary broke bones. She broke both of her legs, and shortly after, began bleeding internally. Unfortunately, the injury caused her to die, when just two days after the incident, she passed away. A few days after, a lawsuit followed. The family of the victim claims that an unprofessional staff, as well as faulty training and supervision, caused Mary’s death. The nursing home is run by a New Jersey company called Synergy Health Centers. This company also owns and operates 10 other Massachusetts nursing homes. Meuse’s family lawyer, David Hoey, discussed the case and has commented on the issues: “Woodbriar, and its owner, managers, and operators, knew that inadequate staffing leads to incidents like the one that led to Ms. Meuse’s death.” The authorities have reported that the nurses at the facility learned of the victim’s broken legs on Christmas Day 2015, the day of the incident. A nursing assistant allegedly caused the fall. The nurses in charge did not communicate the injury to the family until 24 hours after, even though they had x-rays that showed how the fall had caused Mary to break her bones. Synergy has commented on the lawsuit as well: “[We] reiterate what we said at the time [of the accident.] We are saddened by the passing of one of our residents and our condolences go out to her family. We continue to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep our residents safe.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a similar manner, you should know that compensation can be awarded. Our Boston, MA nursing home abuse lawyer specialists, and Boston personal injury lawyer experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to discuss your claim. Call 24/7 at 617-787-3700. You can also send an email to our expert Massachusetts attorneys at info@gilhoylaw.com.

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Family Sues Indiana Nursing Home After Resident Catches Fire.

Nursing homes and elder care facilities play a crucial, and sometimes overlooked, role in our society.  Caring for an elderly family member to ensure their comfort and safety is not something every family can do on their own—thus the reliance on professional nursing homes.  As the baby boomer generation continues to age, reports suggest that the need for elder care facilities is going to skyrocket in the years to come. Unfortunately, reports also suggest that abuse in nursing homes has been increasing. Nursing home abuse may be difficult to spot right away.  But if you are concerned with a loved one’s safety, it may be prudent to consult with a Massachusetts nursing home abuse attorney specialist right away.

State investigators and a resident’s family are looking into exactly what happened at Regency Place, a Dyer, Indiana nursing home.  While the exact circumstances still raise many questions, one thing is clear: seventy-two-year-old Rodney Kenney burned to death while he was a resident at Regency Place.  An employee told officials that she was cleaning a table when she turned around and saw Kenney in flames.  He was rushed to the University of Chicago Hospital with burns over sixty-four percent of his body; he tragically died as a result of the fire.

It is still unclear precisely what caused Kenney to combust, but an investigation found a lighter on his person and that he was strapped to his wheelchair, making it nearly impossible for him to get out.  Family member’s claim that Kenney hasn’t smoked for thirty years and would not own a lighter.  Per nursing home guidelines, he allegedly was not supposed to have one on his person regardless.   Kenney’s family is claiming that Regency Place failed to properly supervise Kenney, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, and filed a wrongful death lawsuit.  Although the lawsuit does not seek a specific dollar amount, Kenney’s wife, Kelly, told nwitimes.com that the complaint asks that she be fairly compensated for the loss of her husband, who she was married to for more than 30 years.

If you believe a family member may be suffering from neglect or abuse while at a nursing home, please call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700,  or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and confidential consultation with one of our highly experienced Massachusetts nursing home abuse attorney specialists.

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Pennsylvania Nursing Home Agrees to Pay $250,000 to Family After Resident’s Death.

It is a sad reality, but far too often, nursing homes are places of abuse and neglect.  These facilities are entrusted with the comfort and care of our loved ones who may require constant attention because they cannot care for themselves.  Unfortunately, this also makes them particularly vulnerable.  Nursing home employees will often take advantage of that vulnerability and sometimes systematically and repeatedly abuse their patients. Abuse may also arise from neglectful or improperly trained staff who are acting without proper supervision.  When that happens, it is essential that a family member files a personal injury lawsuit against the abuser and their employer to hold the negligent parties responsible.

That is precisely what Luke Warman’s family did after he died in his nursing home in the early 2000’s.  Warman’s family brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the Lakeside Nursing Center in Dallas, Pennsylvania, alleging that Lakeside caused Warman’s untimely death.

His family elaborated that Warman was admitted to the nursing home because he suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative nerve disease that causes the patient to lose muscle control and bodily functions, including swallowing.  According to lawyersandsettlements.com, upon his admittance to Lakeside, Warman was given what is known as a swallowing test, which concluded that he needed to be on an all liquid diet due to his inability to swallow properly.   His diet was compromised, however, when a speech therapist gave Warman hard, solid food, causing him to choke.  Warman ultimately died as a result of oxygen deprivation.  Rather than go to trial, the Lakeside Nursing Center agreed to pay Warman’s family $250,000 for his death.

Have you or a family member been a victim of nursing home abuse? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as the financial hardship and emotional trauma caused by the accident.  Call our Boston nursing home abuse lawyer experts 24/7 at 617-787-3700,  or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and confidential consultation.

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