Below is a list of the most common nursing home injuries. If your loved one has sustained one of these injuries it may indicate they have been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse.
Of course, not all nursing home injuries are caused by negligence or abuse. But it is reasonable to investigate the cause of nursing home injuries when they occur. Identifying and reporting neglect and abuse increases the chances it won’t happen to someone else.
If you would like to discuss a specific situation, contact my office or read more below. I offer free and confidential case evaluations. I do not pressure potential clients to take any action.
Also called pressure sores, bed sores are injuries that form on the skin. Bed sores result from pressure over time on skin. Bed sores can become life-threatening if they are not identified and treated immediately.
Spinal injuries caused in nursing homes often present as fractures. The injury is often caused by a fall that resulted from a hazard at the facility or a failure to properly monitor the patient.
Broken bones to all extremities often occur in the nursing home setting due to either neglect (failure to supervise residents that are deemed a fall hazard) or abuse (when staff or other residents physically assault a resident). The most common fractures seen
Like spinal injuries and fractures, head injuries most often present as a fracture or a concussion that results from a fall or physical assault.
Nursing home residents are susceptible to getting infections due to their age and physical health. Primarily, infections are caused by the facilities failure to maintain sanitary conditions. Additionally, infections may be caused by the facilities failure to clean the patient. If you suspect your loved one has developed an infection at a nursing home, you can contact my office or read more about nursing home infections, here.
Sepsis is a physical condition that results from the complications of an infection. It occurs when a patient’s body attempts to respond to the infection and the response causes other medical complications. It is a significant and severe medical emergency that may result in death.
Psychological and Psychiatric Harm
Neglecting and abusing nursing home patients may cause them to develop depression, anxiety, and agitation.
Many nursing home residents are unable to feed themselves. Patients depend on nursing home staff to obtain food and water. Due to their age and physical condition, many residents will suffer severe physical effects if they do not receive proper nutrition. Signs of malnutrition include weight loss, changes in skin color and energy levels.
Every cellular function in the body requires water and without enough water, the body will slowly stop functioning. Sadly, many nursing home patients rely on the facility for food and water. Sometimes, the facility fails to provide water or ensure the patient is properly hydrated. Due to their frail condition, dehydration can take a larger toll on the elderly and frail.
In a nursing home, it is the staff’s responsibility to ensure the patient’s room’s bathroom’s and common areas are clean and sanitary. Additionally, some patients need help and assistance cleaning themselves and using the bathroom. Failure to keep the premises and patients clean significantly increases the likelihood of sustaining an infection.
These injuries may include open wounds, bruises, lacerations, or bed sores. Most often skin injuries result from some type of trauma like a fall or an assault.