Many residents of Massachusetts have a loved one who is currently living in a nursing home. Although many of these facilities provide outstanding care to their residents, this vulnerable population can unfortunately suffer from instances of medical malpractice and negligence. Recently, a female resident of the Savoy Nursing and Rehab center was discovered to be missing from her room when her sister arrived for a visit.
According to the reports, the woman had a history of wandering. The daughter of the woman stated that she believed that the facility had window alarms in every window and was surprised to discover that they did not. Although these alarms are not required by the state of Massachusetts, it is certainly conceivable that such an alarm may have prevented this tragic accident from occurring.
The woman suffered serious injuries from the fall and is still in the hospital. She reportedly broke her neck, back and ribs. The victim's daughter believes that the nursing home facility is to blame for this accident, not the staff it employs.
Nursing home negligence can be difficult to detect, as facility residents cannot always communicate what is occurring in these facilities. However, if someone feels that their loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice or nursing home negligence while residing at a nursing home, they should initiate a claim in a prompt and timely manner due to strict time limitations for these types of claims.
Compensation to the victim of a claim of medical malpractice or nursing home negligence may include reimbursement for past, present and future medical expenses, as well as damages for pain and suffering.
Source: southcoasttoday.com, "Lack of window alarms enabled New Bedford nursing home jumper," Steve Urbon, Feb. 7, 2013