The daughter of a nursing home resident is suing her mother’s facility, alleging that while her mother was ill, she was both abused and neglected.
Plaintiff Seeks 18 Million In Nursing Home Lawsuit
In her legal complaint, the plaintiff makes numerous disturbing allegations regarding the care that her mother received or failed to receive during her time at the nursing home.
In 2013, the plaintiff’s then 81-year-old mother became a resident of the nursing home. Her family made sure that the facility had all of her relevant medical history so that employees could care for her as she needed and monitor her health. Her medical conditions included Parkinsons, rheumatoid arthritis, and OCD. She required daily medications for each condition.
In 2017, the plaintiff answered a phone call from her brother. He informed her that he had spoken with their mother and that she was not coherent. She immediately went to the nursing home where she found her mother, sitting in her own urine, incoherent and drooling on herself. When she demanded that her mother be taken to the hospital for treatment, employees informed her that she was considered “baseline” and would not be taken. The plaintiff called an ambulance and her mother was rushed to a local ER.
At the ER, doctors informed the plaintiff that her mother was suffering from toxic encephalopathy, caused by an overdose of certain medications. When they tested her urine for drugs, they found that she had only been given one of her three daily medications.
An exam also revealed that the elderly patient’s bra was filled with mold, her toenails had not been cut for some time and were covered in fungus, she had stage II bed sores on her buttocks, and a yeast infection in the skin folds of her abdomen. A review of the nursing home records showed that she hadn’t been bathed in over a week.
Despite this, the patient returned to the nursing home after her release from the hospital.
Elderly Woman Left To Suffer In Pain In Nursing Home
Although the facility was made aware of the state of her condition while in the hospital and informed that doctors had determined she needed to be administered two medications, for the next month, she was only given one. Her health deteriorated significantly and she passed away in May 2017. According to the lawsuit, records from the nursing home show that she was in serious pain leading up to her death, crying out for help and moaning. Nothing was given to her to provide her relief.
When her family came to retrieve her personal belongings, a gold and sapphire ring was missing and unable to be located.
In early 2018, one of the nursing home employees admitted to stealing drugs from patients, including the plaintiff’s mother, explaining why she did not receive her medication although the medical records from the nursing home indicated she did.
Now, her children are seeking $18 million for the neglect and abuse that their mother suffered from substandard care. They allege that the nursing home and nursing home supervisors failed to take steps to ensure that their loved one received the care she both needed and was paying for.
Nursing Homes: A Hotbed Of Neglect & Abuse
There are many truly disturbing aspects to this lawsuit, however, what may be the most disturbing at all is that this case is not unique. Thousands of nursing home residents are forced to live in foul conditions and many suffer an untimely death as a result.
Lawsuits provide those who have been impacted by a neglect or abuse to pursue legal action against those responsible. Not only can this help to recover compensation, but it also sends a message to nursing home facilities that poor care and abuse will not be tolerated.
If you suspect that abuse or neglect is impacting a loved one, call us today for a free consultation. Our attorneys will review your case, advise you to every possible legal option available to you, and begin the process of collecting evidence.
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