According to a recent news article from The Boston Globe, the family of a woman who died in a nursing home in Middlesex County has filed a lawsuit against nursing home and its parent company. The family has alleged staff members dropped the victim and during the fall, she broke both of her legs and started to bleed internally. Two days after the accident, she was dead. This occurred in 2015.
The firm that is the parent company to this nursing home is based in New Jersey, but it owns 10 nursing homes in Boston and the rest of Massachusetts. Allegedly, this nursing home operation company has faced several other challenges in the past and is described as a “troubled” nursing home company.
At the time of her death, the victim was 83-years-old. The complaint further alleges that she was dropped by staff and was taken for an x-ray. However, despite what was later known to the family, that she was suffering from two broken legs and several internal bleeding, the family and the victim were not told anything was wrong for more than a day and the results of the tests and imaging were not revealed.
It is believed that one of the reasons she was bleeding so badly internally was because she was taking blood-thinning agents that are designed to prevent clotting. However, in the event of a serious accident, there is supposed to be a reversal agent that will allow the victim to clot normally. However, at the very least, doctors should have been working to repair the internal bleeding before she died. This allegedly did not happen, and she was pronounced dead.
Following her death, the state conducted a full investigation, and regulators determined that nurses who were working in three consecutive shifts learned of the victim’s broken legs but they did not tell the victim or her family what was wrong with her. It is important to note that this complaint filed against the nursing home and its parent company is only one of a series of allegations, and there has not been a formal finding by a judge or jury that this case
As our Boston personal injury attorneys have seen in far too many cases, when a loved one is injured or killed at a nursing home, the results to the family can be devastating. It is never an easy decision to re-home a loved on in a nursing home. However it sometimes becomes apparent that the family is just not able to practically take care of their loved one at home and decides that that safest or best place is a nursing home. While this is no easy choice, family take comfort in the fact that their loved one will get the best care possible. It is for this reason that when an accident occurs as a result of the negligence of the staff or management, that it can be so hard for the families. Not only are they worried or grieving about their loved one, they are also likely questioning their decision to put the loved one there in first place. For this reason, you need someone on your side who is willing to fight for the compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.
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