If you’ve ever had to place a loved one in a Las Vegas nursing home, you no doubt expected that person’s needs would be fully met inside that facility. Unfortunately, this is not always the case because nursing home neglect is actually may occur. Failure to provide the right care can result in personal injury or even the death of the patient.
One of the most common cases of neglect stems from lack of personal hygiene. Since many patients are unable to bathe or groom themselves, they depend on nursing staff to help them with these tasks. When this element of care is neglected, patients can end up with sores, infections, or dental caries as a result.
Another way patients are sometimes neglected involves turning. Those who are bedridden must be turned regularly in order to prevent bedsores. Patients are sometimes left in one spot too long and may not even be able to relieve themselves properly because no one takes the time to help them get out of bed.
Having a loved one neglected while they are in a nursing home can be devastating because you may not know about the neglect for some time. These cases must be handled delicately, so if you suspect a family member might be suffering from nursing home neglect it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about the situation.
An article on a website called injuryboard.com says a family of a man who died in 2002 after receiving a morphine overdose at a nursing home has won a $4.85 million civil judgment against the nursing home. The jury in the case found the doctor and nurses negligent in the death of 76-year-old Burr Needham.
The article explains that Needham’s family argued that a doctor and five nurses were responsible for the death of Needham after giving him too much painkiller after he entered the center in 2002.
The article says “court records indicated that the jury awarded $3 million of the total judgment to Mrs. Needham, who died in 2007 of cancer, for her loss of companionship. In addition, the panel decided that $1.5 million should go for the pain and suffering that Mr. Needham experienced while at the nursing home. The remaining $350,000 was awarded to the family for damages that Mrs. Needham incurred for burial costs and the loss of gifts and valuables she would have received until her death had Mr. Needham survived.”
Although some nursing homes provide excellent care, others are either incapable or unwilling to honor their commitments to their residents. If you are concerned that a loved one is being abused or neglected while in a nursing home, you should contact my office at 702-240-0000, text us at 24-0000, or go to www.edbernstein.com.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Jury Awards Family $4.85 Million for Nursing Home Death Resulting from Morphine Overdose
Posted by David Mittleman
Friday, July 30, 2010 10:00 AM EST
The family of a Newport, MI man who died in 2002 after receiving a morphine overdose at a local nursing home has won a $4.85 million civil judgment against the facility. A three-week medical malpractice trial against Mercy Memorial Nursing Center in Frenchtown Township ended last Friday after the jury found the doctor and nurses negligent in the death of 76-year-old Burr Needham.
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