Regular readers of this blog know that one of the points I make over and over again involves the long term consequences of nursing home falls. Nursing home falls cause damage when they initially happen. That much is obvious. However, the true impact of a nursing home fall is sometimes only known months after the initial incident.
We’ve all seen the ripples that spread from a rock dropped into a still pool. A nursing home fall can have a similar effect on all aspects of a nursing home resident’s health. Nursing home falls often lead to bed sores (also known as pressure ulcers), pneumonia and other infections are common.
A resident at the Heritage Health – Peru nursing home in Peru, Illinois experienced a nursing home fall while staff members were attempting to transfer him into his wheelchair. Damage caused by the failed transfer eventually caused the man’s leg to require amputation.
The Heritage Health – Peru staff members were instructed to use a full body mechanical lift and two staff members every time they transferred the resident. Instead, a single resident transferred the resident to the wheelchair without using a mechanical lift.
The resident complained of pain immediately afterwards in his knee. He was transferred to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a thigh fracture. Hospital personnel put a cast on his leg and returned him to the nursing home, but infection set in.
Nearly a month after the initial incident, the leg was amputated at the knee.
These kinds of consequences happen much more often than a person would imagine. As a Chicago nursing home lawyer, I find that many of the most deadly infections and other injuries can be traced back to a nursing home fall.
If you have a loved one who has had serious consequences after a nursing home fall, contact my law offices for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. At my law offices, our Chicago nursing home lawyers have the experience and expertise to manage all aspects of your nursing home fall case.